A review discussed on Medscape breaks down the different protocols used to assess asthma in children.

Many composite instruments have been used in different studies to measure asthma control. At least 17 survey or questionnaire instruments have at least one published validation study supporting their validity for measuring asthma control. These questionnaires vary by whom they query (parents or children) and by the age groups in which they have been validated. Questionnaires typically ask parents to rate their child’s current asthma symptoms (including coughing, shortness of breath, and nocturnal symptoms) and assess how much asthma affects their child’s participation in physical activities. Some also ask about exacerbations and markers for exacerbation, such as use of oral steroids.

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