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Reasons for inadequate asthma control in children: an important contribution from the “French 6 Cities Study”

Giuliana Ferrante and Stefania La Grutta*

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CNR Institute of Biomedicine and Clinical Immunology, Palermo, Italy

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Multidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine 2012, 7:23  doi:10.1186/2049-6958-7-23

Published: 8 August 2012

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Asthma represents the most common chronic illness in children [1] and an important clinical and public health problem. In fact, diagnosing and treating asthma in children still remain a challenge. There is evidence that children with asthmatic symptoms are often undiagnosed and undertreated [2]. Considering the prevalence of childhood asthma and its associated burden, it is mandatory to obtain an optimal control of the disease and improving outcomes for patients [3]. To achieve this goal, guidelines were published with indications about medication use, control of the environment and health education. Unfortunately, evidence exists that guidelines recommendations are often not applied within the clinical practice [4]. Therefore, asthma control, as recommended by guidelines, has been shown to be satisfactory in less than 30% of children [1].