Screening for Asthma



Asthma is the most common chronic disease found in children in the United States. Many people believe that asthma is like other chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease, which may progress slowly over the course of time. It is widely believed that early identification of these chronic disease processes will lead to early treatment and the prevention of some disease consequences. The purpose of this chapter is to explore the value of screening for disease and to evaluate the need to screen children for asthma.


Asthma Symptom Olympic Game Asthma Medication California Health Interview Survey National Hospital Discharge Survey 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


  1. (1998) Worldwide variation in prevalence of symptoms of asthma, allergic rhinoconjunctivitis, and atopic eczema: ISAAC. The International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC) Steering Committee. Lancet 351(9111):1225–1232Google Scholar
  2. Bach PB, Jett JR, Pastorino U, Tockman MS, Swensen SJ, Begg CB (2007) Computed tomography screening and lung cancer outcomes. JAMA 297(9):953–961CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  3. Bisgaard H, Hermansen MN, Loland L, Halkjaer LB, Buchvald F (2006) Intermittent inhaled corticosteroids in infants with episodic wheezing. N Engl J Med 354(19):1998–2005CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  4. Black WC (1999) Should this patient be screened for cancer? Eff Clin Pract 2(2):86–95PubMedGoogle Scholar
  5. Black WC, Baron JA (2007) CT screening for lung cancer: spiraling into confusion? JAMA 297(9):995–997CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  6. Black WC, Welch HG (1997) Screening for disease. AJR Am J Roentgenol 168(1):3–11PubMedGoogle Scholar
  7. Cloutier MM, Wakefield DB, Hall CB, Bailit HL (2002) Childhood asthma in an urban community: prevalence, care system, and treatment. Chest 122(5):1571–1579CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  8. Epstein AM, Lee TH, Hamel MB (2004) Paying physicians for high-quality care. N Engl J Med 350(4):406–410CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  9. Feldman JM, Ortega AN, McQuaid EL, Canino G (2006) Comorbidity between asthma attacks and internalizing disorders among Puerto Rican children at one-year follow-up. Psychosomatics 47(4):333–339CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  10. Findley S, Lawler K, Bindra M, Maggio L, Penachio MM, Maylahn C (2003) Elevated asthma and indoor environmental exposures among Puerto Rican children of East Harlem. J Asthma 40(5):557–569CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  11. Gerald LB, Sockrider MM, Grad R, Bender BG, Boss LP, Galant SP, et al. (2007) An official ATS workshop report: issues in screening for asthma in children. Proc Am Thorac Soc, 4(2):133–141Google Scholar
  12. Gosselaar C, Roobol MJ, Schroder FH (2005) Prevalence and characteristics of screen-detected prostate carcinomas at low prostate-specific antigen levels: aggressive or insignificant? BJU Int 95(2):231–237CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  13. Henschke CI, Yankelevitz DF, Libby DM, Pasmantier MW, Smith JP, Miettinen OS (2006) Survival of patients with stage I lung cancer detected on CT screening. N Engl J Med 355(17):1763–1771CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  14. Kaplan RM (1994) The Ziggy theorem – toward an outcomes-focused health psychology. Health Psychol 13(6):451–460CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  15. Kaplan RM (2000) Two pathways to prevention. Am Psychol 55(4):382–396CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  16. Kaplan RM & Groessl EJ (2002) Applications of cost-effectiveness methodologies in behavioral medicine. Journal Of Consulting And Clinical Psychology 70(3):482–493Google Scholar
  17. Kaplan RM, Wingard DL (2000) Trends in breast cancer incidence, survival, and mortality. Lancet 356(9229):592–593CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  18. Klingler K (2004) Early detection of lung cancer by CT-screening. Eur J Cancer ECJ Suppl 2(1):23CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  19. Lara M, Akinbami L, Flores G, Morgenstern H (2006) Heterogeneity of childhood asthma among Hispanic children: Puerto Rican children bear a disproportionate burden. Pediatrics 117(1):43–53CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  20. MacMahon S (2000) Blood pressure and the risk of cardiovascular disease. N Engl J Med 342(1):50–52CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  21. Mannix ET, Roberts M, Fagin DP, Reid B, Farber MO (2003) The prevalence of airways hyperresponsiveness in members of an exercise training facility. J Asthma 40(4):349–355CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  22. Mannix ET, Roberts MA, Dukes HJ, Magnes CJ, Farber MO (2004) Airways hyperresponsiveness in high school athletes. J Asthma 41(5):567–574CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  23. Manolio TA, Burke GL, O’Leary DH et al (1999) Relationships of cerebral MRI findings to ultrasonographic carotid atherosclerosis in older adults: the Cardiovascular Health Study. CHS collaborative research group. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol 19(2):356–365PubMedGoogle Scholar
  24. Marcus PM, Bergstralh EJ, Fagerstrom RM et al (2000) Lung cancer mortality in the Mayo Lung Project: impact of extended follow-up. J Natl Cancer Inst 92(16):1308–1316CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  25. McFadden ER Jr, Gilbert IA (1994) Exercise-induced asthma. N Engl J Med 330(19):1362–1367CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  26. McGlynn EA, Asch SM, Adams J et al (2003) The quality of health care delivered to adults in the United States. N Engl J Med 348(26):2635–2645CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  27. Ortega AN, Huertas SE, Canino G, Ramirez R, Rubio-Stipec M (2002) Childhood asthma, chronic illness, and psychiatric disorders. J Nerv Ment Dis 190(5):275–281CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  28. Ortega AN, Goodwin RD, McQuaid EL, Canino G (2004a) Parental mental health, childhood psychiatric disorders, and asthma attacks in island Puerto Rican youth. Ambul Pediatr 4(4):308–315CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  29. Ortega AN, McQuaid EL, Canino G, Goodwin RD, Fritz GK (2004b) Comorbidity of asthma and anxiety and depression in Puerto Rican children. Psychosomatics 45(2):93–99CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  30. Parsons JP, Mastronarde JG (2005) Exercise-induced bronchoconstriction in athletes. Chest 128(6):3966–3974CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  31. Peat JK, Salome CM, Toelle BG, Bauman A, Woolcock AJ (1992) Reliability of a respiratory history questionnaire and effect of mode of administration on classification of asthma in children. Chest 102(1):153–157CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  32. Phelan PD (1994) Asthma in children: epidemiology. BMJ 308(6944):1584–1585PubMedGoogle Scholar
  33. Rupp NT, Guill MF, Brudno DS (1992) Unrecognized exercise-induced bronchospasm in adolescent athletes. Am J Dis Child 146(8):941–944PubMedGoogle Scholar
  34. Simonella L, Marks G, Sanderson K, Andrews G (2006) Cost-effectiveness of current and optimal treatment for adult asthma. Intern Med J 36(4):244–250CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  35. Strong JP, Malcom GT, McMahan CA et al (1999) Prevalence and extent of atherosclerosis in adolescents and young adults: implications for prevention from the Pathobiological Determinants of Atherosclerosis in Youth Study. JAMA 281(8):727–735CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  36. Voy RO (1986) The U.S. Olympic Committee experience with exercise-induced bronchospasm, 1984. Med Sci Sports Exerc 18(3):328–330CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  37. Weiler JM, Layton T, Hunt M (1998) Asthma in United States olympic athletes who participated in the 1996 summer games. J Allergy Clin Immunol 102(5):722–726CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  38. Welch HG, Black WC (1997) Using autopsy series to estimate the disease “reservoir” for ductal carcinoma in situ of the breast: how much more breast cancer can we find? Ann Intern Med 127(11):1023–1028PubMedGoogle Scholar
  39. Welch HG, Schwartz LM, Woloshin S (2000) Do increased 5-year survival rates in prostate cancer indicate better outcomes? JAMA 284(16):2053–2055CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  40. Welch HG (2004) Should I be tested for cancer? Berkeley, CA: Universlty of California Press

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert M. Kaplan
    • 1
  • W. Fred
  • Pamela K. Wasserman
  1. 1.Department of Health ServicesUCLA School of Public HealthLos AngelesUSA

Personalised recommendations