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Epidemiological diagnosis of asthma: methodological considerations of prevalence evaluation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3301394     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Within an epidemiological survey on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, before reporting data on the prevalence of bronchial asthma we checked the group of subjects defined as "pathological" by means of a suitable questionnaire and a group of "normals" as a control. We evaluated the sensitivity and specificity of the questionnaire, in comparison with a clinical evaluation made by two physicians and controlled the relationship among their results, non-specific bronchial hyperreactivity and skin tests. In particular the correspondence between diagnosis made by physicians from a clinical evaluation and that obtained by questionnaire was not satisfactory. We suggest the importance of employing physicians for an epidemiological approach to asthma, in absence of a valid objective criterion.
I Cerveri; C Bruschi; M Ricciardi; L Zocchi; M C Zoia; C Rampulla
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of epidemiology     Volume:  3     ISSN:  0393-2990     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur. J. Epidemiol.     Publication Date:  1987 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1987-09-23     Completed Date:  1987-09-23     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8508062     Medline TA:  Eur J Epidemiol     Country:  ITALY    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  202-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Asthma / diagnosis*,  epidemiology,  immunology
Bronchial Provocation Tests
Forced Expiratory Volume
Methacholine Chloride
Methacholine Compounds / diagnostic use
Middle Aged
Sensitivity and Specificity
Skin Tests
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Allergens; 0/Methacholine Compounds; 62-51-1/Methacholine Chloride

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