A medication assessment tool to evaluate adherence to medication guideline in asthmatic children

Hui Ping Liu, Hsiang Yin Chen, Julienne Johnson, You Meei Lin

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Objective Asthma is one of the commonest causes of morbidity and mortality in childhood. The goals of the present study were to design a validmedication assessment tool for evaluating the quality of medication use according to recommendations of updated asthma guidelines for children aged from 5 to 12 years, and to quantify adherence to guideline recommendations. Setting Two primary care settings in Scotland, UK. Methods Recommendations related to the long-term management of asthmatic children in the British Thoracic Society/Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network and Global Initiative for Asthma guidelines were identified and corresponding criteria were created. These criteria were incorporated to generate an assessment tool named MAT ASTHMA-PAED. Two phases of field-testing were undertaken and the tool was also subject to examination by a focus group of specialist practitioners. Thereafter, MAT ASTHMAPAED was modified accordingly. Main outcome measure Applicability and adherence to each criterion and overall adherence to the MAT ASTHMA-PAED. Results The MAT ASTHMA-PAED field-testing was undertaken in two primary care practices in Scotland, United Kingdom and 77 asthmatic children were recruited. Results of the pilot study field-testing showed a high overall adherence of 70.0 % (95 % CI: 58.7-81.3 %) to the guidelines. Low adherence (70 %). The final MAT ASTHMA-PAED comprised of 25 criteria was produced based on the results of field testing and the opinions from the focus group. Conclusion Although high utility of MAT ASTHMA-PAED criteria was found, there were gaps in the implementation of certain recommendations, particularly in relation to demonstrated satisfactory technique of inhaler.Moreover, further studies assessing the use of oral steroids and exercise-induced asthma, and wider implementation of MAT ASTHMA-PAED are required.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-295
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013


  • Asthma
  • Asthma guidelines
  • Children
  • Medication assessment tool
  • Scotland

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Pharmacology
  • Toxicology
  • Pharmacy


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