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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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
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1987


  • Asthma
  • Bronchial challenge
  • Clinical evaluation
  • Questionnaires

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology

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