Improved health outcomes with peak flow monitoring for children with asthma

Patricia V. Burkhart, Mary Kay Rayens, W. Robert Revelette, Ashleigh Ohlmann

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Purpose. Evaluate the effects of peak flow monitoring (PFM) on health outcomes of school-age children with asthma. Method and sample. Seventy-seven children who previously relied on symptom monitoring were taught PFM. Adherence to PFM during the 16-week study was assessed by a computerized monitor. Health outcomes over time were based on parent report. Results. Decreases occurred from baseline to week 16 in the incidence of one or more asthma episodes (p = 0.0002), physician/clinic visits (p = 0.0002), emergency department visits (p = 0.03), and missed school days (p = 0.002). Conclusions. PFM significantly reduced pediatric asthma morbidity in this sample.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-142
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Asthma
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2007

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Funding Information:
ACKNOWLEDGMENT This study was supported by grant R15 NR08106-01 from the National Institute of Nursing Research at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacob, Professor and Dean of the School of Nursing, and Dr. Philip Fireman, Professor in the School of Medicine, both at the University of Pittsburgh, served as consultants for the study. The authors gratefully acknowledge the contributions of the participants, the primary care providers, and the research team; and the editorial review of the manuscript by Dr. Lynne A. Hall, Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship, College of Nursing, University of Kentucky.


  • Adherence
  • Asthma
  • Children
  • Health outcomes
  • Peak flow monitoring
  • Self-management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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