Quality of Life in Children with Asthma

  • M. L. Marsac
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Previous research suggests that, because of the life challenges associated with the chronicity and unpredictability of  asthma, children dealing with the disease are at a greater risk for experiencing lower levels of  quality of life than children without asthma. Symptoms of asthma can contribute to impairment in academic performance/school attendance, peer relationships, and  family functioning. In addition to the experience of having the disease, a number of other factors including disease severity, psychological symptoms, family characteristics, and  coping styles have been found to be related quality of life in children with asthma. While a gold standard approach of assessing quality of life in children with asthma has yet to be established, a number of well-researched assessment tools are available for research and clinical use. Intervention studies targeting improved quality of life in children with asthma indicate that programs are only in beginning stages. To improve children and adolescents’ quality of life, treatment implications suggest that  multidisciplinary teams of professionals including asthma educators (e.g., nurse practitioners, physician assistants), allergists/pulmanologists, mental health clinicians (e.g., psychologists, social workers), and school personnel (e.g., teachers, school nurses) should work together to best serve youth with asthma and their families. Future research is needed to establish reliable and valid assessment instruments and to evaluate the efficacy of multidisciplinary programs.


Cystic Fibrosis Chronic Illness Family Functioning Asthma Severity Asthma Symptom 

List of Abbreviations:


case management treatment group


global initiative for asthma


the living with asthma questionnaire


National Institute of Health


pediatric asthma quality of life questionnaire


pediatric quality of life asthma module 4.0


quality of life


usual care treatment group


World Health Organization


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. L. Marsac
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Toledo & Children's Hospital of PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaUnited States of America

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