Epidemiological diagnosis of asthma

Methodological considerations of prevalence evaluation

I. Cerveri, C. Bruschi, M. Ricciardi, L. Zocchi, M. C. Zoia, C. Rampulla

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Abstract

Within an epidemiological survey on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, before reporting data on the prevalence of bronchial asthma we checked the group of subjects defined as ≪ pathological ≫ by means of a suitable questionnaire and a group of ≪ normals ≫ as a control. We evaluated the sensitivity and specificity of the questionnaire, in comparison with a clinical evaluation made by two physicians and controlled the relationship among their results, non-specific bronchial hyperreactivity and skin tests. In particular the correspondence between diagnosis made by physicians from a clinical evaluation and that obtained by questionnaire was not satisfactory. We suggest the importance of employing physicians for an epidemiological approach to asthma, in absence of a valid objective criterion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)202-205
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Epidemiology
Volume3
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1987

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Asthma
Physicians
Bronchial Hyperreactivity
Skin Tests
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Research Design
Sensitivity and Specificity
Surveys and Questionnaires

Keywords

  • Asthma
  • Bronchial challenge
  • Clinical evaluation
  • Questionnaires

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  • Epidemiology

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Epidemiological diagnosis of asthma : Methodological considerations of prevalence evaluation. / Cerveri, I.; Bruschi, C.; Ricciardi, M.; Zocchi, L.; Zoia, M. C.; Rampulla, C.

In: European Journal of Epidemiology, Vol. 3, No. 2, 06.1987, p. 202-205.

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Cerveri, I. ; Bruschi, C. ; Ricciardi, M. ; Zocchi, L. ; Zoia, M. C. ; Rampulla, C. / Epidemiological diagnosis of asthma : Methodological considerations of prevalence evaluation. In: European Journal of Epidemiology. 1987 ; Vol. 3, No. 2. pp. 202-205.
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