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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 46  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 24-29
Pediatric asthma: Prevalence and socio-cultural factors affecting asthma management in a rural area of Northern Karnataka

1 Department of Community Medicine, Basaveshwara Medical College and Hospital, Chitradurga, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, BLDE Deemed to be University, Shri B.M. Patil Medical College Hospital and Research Centre, Vijayapura, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Community Medicine, A.J. Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
4 Department of Pediatrics, BLDE Deemed to be University, Shri B.M. Patil Medical College Hospital and Research Centre, Vijayapura, Karnataka, India

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Dr. B M Rashmi
Department of Community Medicine, Basaveshwara Medical College and Hospital, SJM Campus, NH4 Bye-Pass, Chitradurga - 577 501, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijcm.IJCM_85_20

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Context: Asthma prevalence and severity is increasing among Indian children. There is the paucity of data on pediatric asthma in rural India and treatment received by asthmatics is not up-to-standard treatment guidelines. Aim: The aim is to estimate asthma prevalence and factors influencing access to standard asthmatic care among 5–15 years aged children. Settings and Design: Cross-sectional study conducted in rural north-Karnataka for 1 year. Subjects and Methods: The International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood questionnaire was administered to participants followed by clinical examination. A child was considered as asthmatic if there was affirmative response to: (a) History of wheeze in the past 12 months, (b) Physician diagnosed/ever asthma, (c ) history of taking inhaled/oral bronchodilators. Statistical Analysis: All characteristics were summarized descriptively. Results: Prevalence of Current-wheeze, Ever-asthma, and wheeze on exertion were 4%, 2%, and 3.7%, respectively. About 63.9% of asthmatics had severe-asthma and 44.4% reported severe attack of wheezing limiting speech. About 89% of current-wheezers used only oral medications for wheeze/asthma, 50% did not take medicines as per doctors' advice. None availed regular follow-up. Financial constraints and ignorance were major reasons cited. Conclusions: Illiteracy, poverty, lack of proper guidelines, and non-availability of inhalational medications have affected treatment adherence resulting in severe asthma.

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