Advances in Therapy

, Volume 22, Issue 5, pp 488–497 | Cite as

Intrapatient symptom variability in adults and children with asthma: Results of a survey

  • Philip Marcus
  • Kevin R. Murphy
  • Abid Rahman
  • Christopher D. O’Brien


The objective of this survey was to evaluate variability of symptoms in adult and pediatric patients with persistent asthma. Prospective participants from a US database of patients with asthma were invited to complete an Internet-based survey designed to assess the occurrence of asthma symptoms during the past year. A total of 1311 adult patients and 491 caregivers of pediatric patients were surveyed. Adult patients (18%–30%) and pediatric patients (8%–20%) experienced a variety of symptoms on a daily basis. At least 50% of patients receiving treatment experienced variability in 1 or more symptoms during the previous year. The most common treatment recommendation when asthma symptoms were experienced included changing the number of medication (reliever or controller) inhalations (48% and 55% of adult and pediatric patients, respectively) or adding another medication (31% and 39%). This survey indicates that adult patients and caregivers of pediatric patients report variability in asthma symptoms over time, even when asthma medications are taken.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip Marcus
    • 1
  • Kevin R. Murphy
    • 2
  • Abid Rahman
    • 3
  • Christopher D. O’Brien
    • 3
  1. 1.New York College of Osteopathic MedicineOld Westbury
  2. 2.Midwest Children’s Chest PhysiciansOmaha
  3. 3.AstraZeneca LPWilmington

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