Inappropriate inhaler technique adds to the total burden of asthma among
primary school children: The importance of parental perception of their
Background: Asthma is a major health issue with an extensive
burden to family and health systems. The purpose of this study was to
assess the burden of illness among school children with asthma in
Jordan. Methods: A descriptive exploratory design was used.
Children with asthma (7-14 years of age) and their parents completed
questionnaires about asthma management and burden including symptoms and
health services use. An assessment of children’s proper use of inhalers
was conducted. Results: Outcomes indicate high burden of
illness manifested in the majority of children who experienced symptoms,
asthma attacks, ER visits, and admission because of their asthma. The
majority performed incorrect inhaler technique which reflects
uncontrolled asthma and poor management. Parental perception of their
child’s health compared well with their burden of asthma.
Conclusions: The high reported burden (symptoms and services
use, use of inhalers) calls for collaboration between professionals and
stakeholders with children and caregivers in planning and implementing
care. This study supports the importance of parental perceptions in
managing their child’s asthma.