Toward a definition of asthma for epidemiology.

@article{Toelle1992TowardAD,
  title={Toward a definition of asthma for epidemiology.},
  author={Brett G Toelle and J. K. Peat and Cheryl M Salome and Craig Michael Mellis and Ann J. Woolcock},
  journal={The American review of respiratory disease},
  year={1992},
  volume={146 3},
  pages={633-7}
}
Because there is no "gold standard" for defining asthma for epidemiology, we have defined current asthma as bronchial hyperresponsiveness (BHR) plus recent wheeze (in the 12 months prior to study). To describe the characteristics of groups categorized by these measurements, we studied two samples of children aged 7 to 12 yr: 210 from a population sample and 142 self-identified asthmatics. Bronchial responsiveness to histamine was measured by the rapid method, respiratory symptom history, and… CONTINUE READING

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