Accession Number : ADA296337

Title :   Assessment of Functional Status in Young Children with Asthma.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Hegarty, Janet

PDF Url : ADA296337

Report Date : JUN 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 36

Abstract : Over the last decade there has been an increasing awareness of the need to measure the impact of disease and illness along with outcomes of care to evaluate the effectiveness of prevention and treatment strategies. Health is often stated as the desired outcome of care. Using the World Health Organization's (1978) definition to conceptualize child health, as the state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, it is not surprising that such a complex entity as child health is difficult to measure. Indeed, the complexity is compounded in the presence of chronic illness; particularly chronic illness whose expression changes dramatically throughout its course. Asthma is the most common chronic childhood illness (Newacheck, Budetti & Halfon, 1986). Although there is not any one definition of asthma that has been universally accepted, asthma has been defined as a disease with episodes of symptoms (coughing, wheezing, and other signs of bronchial obstruction) interspersed by symptom-free periods (American Thoracic Society, 1987). It is important to assess the impact of symptom episodes on health status and quality of life since it has been documented that children with chronic illness in general and asthma specifically experience physical limitations and disruptions of daily life activities as a result of their illness (Hobbs, Perrin & Ireys, 1985). Treatment may variably impact the episodes, yet treatment itself may cause limitations or disruptions in daily life activities. It is therefore important to ascertaln that selected therapeutic interventions not have adverse effects that are perceived by the individual to be worse than the underlying disease.

Descriptors :   *SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS, *ASTHMA, GLOBAL, ORGANIZATIONS, STRATEGY, IMPACT, PHYSICAL PROPERTIES, HEALTH, DISEASES, QUALITY, LIMITATIONS, ILLNESS, ADVERSE CONDITIONS, THORAX, AWARENESS, CHILDREN, LIVING STANDARDS.

Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE