Asthma UK response to ‘Over-diagnosis of asthma in children in primary care: a retrospective analysis’ (quote)

Dan Murphy, Director of External Affairs at Asthma UK, says: “Asthma has many complex causes which is why it is very difficult to get a definitive diagnosis. It is also a highly variable condition that can change throughout someone’s life or even week by week, meaning treatment also needs to change over time. For example, children whose asthma is triggered by pollen may have no symptoms during an annual asthma review in winter and present completely differently in the summer. It’s important parents of children with asthma work in partnership with their GP or nurse to build a complete picture of their child’s asthma to tailor their treatment. The annual asthma review meeting is the bedrock of asthma care to ensure people with asthma get the right medication and know when to use it, and yet last year over 1 million people skipped this vital appointment.

“This is a small study that took place in a country that has a very different healthcare system to the UK. It is vital that no parent of a child with an asthma diagnosis stops them taking their medication on the basis of this information, without discussions with their doctor.”
Anyone who is concerned can call the Asthma UK Helpline on 0300 222 5800. Find out more about diagnosing asthma in children.