Sensitivity and specificity of asthma definitions and symptoms used in a survey of childhood asthma.

@article{Joseph1999SensitivityAS,
  title={Sensitivity and specificity of asthma definitions and symptoms used in a survey of childhood asthma.},
  author={Christine Lm Joseph and Betsy Foxman and Frederick E Leickly and Elizabeth J Peterson and Dennis R Ownby},
  journal={The Journal of asthma : official journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma},
  year={1999},
  volume={36 7},
  pages={565-73}
}
We compared the ability of definitions/symptoms of asthma to identify urban, elementary schoolchildren with physician-diagnosed asthma and bronchial hyperresponsiveness (BHR) post-exercise challenge. Definitions of asthma from the literature were compared, including American Thoracic Society (ATS) and British Medical Research Council (BMRC) definitions. Modified ATS had the highest sensitivity (77%), whereas BMRC had the highest specificity (99%). The most sensitive symptom was "wheeze with… CONTINUE READING