National trends for asthma action plans in the U.S. – how many kids have one?


The percentage of US children with asthma that had ever received an asthma action plan increased between 2002 and 2013, although one-half had never received an asthma action plan in 2013.


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  • Kathy P

    Wow, that is a scary percentage! But thinking back, my kids nor I ever had one until I . I took it to the allergist (who manages our asthma) and asked him to fill it out.

  • Katie D

    As a child I never had an asthma action plan ~ good to see the trend is increasing although still doesn't seem very high. 

  • K8sMom2002

    :yeahthat: I need to let my sis know about this percentage — she works as an elementary school teacher in an inner-city school — I want her to know that half of her asthmatic kids may not have a concrete, written down asthma action plan.

    Truth be told, neither I nor DD have one written out. Our asthma has been behaving itself, and we're told to use our rescue inhalers as needed and seek medical help if it's not improving with the inhaler. DD's pulmonary function tests have been coming back solid gold the last few times. :cheer: 

    She has an appointment with her allergist in June … hmh … this is something I need to check on. 

  • Jen

    A lot of "plans" seem to be – here are your maintenance meds and here are your emergency meds.  It seems like some hospitalizations and/or sick days could be avoided simply by having a more detailed plan.

  • K8sMom2002

    Yep … I talked to my sister last night about this. She has SEVERAL kids in her class. I told her to tell me how many Action Plans Forms she needed, and I would get them to her so that she could send them home with the parents. I really like AAFA's format … super easy to read and very easy for doctors to fill out.