OP-188 : Asthma Knowledge Among Parents of Turkish Asthmatic Children

Mahir Igde, Fusun Artiran Igde, Turkey
It is clear that active and effective involvement of the child and parents in asthma care is essential to good control. This study aimed to assess asthma knowledge among parents of asthmatic children and possible influencing factors in Samsun, Turkey.

One hundred and thirty one parents of asthmatic children were studied. They completed a self-administered questionnaire which is consisting of three parts; socio-demographic characteristics of parents, the 73-item parent knowledge questionnaire which is developed by Mesters and the Paediatric Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire (PAQLQ).

The mean score of correct responses to the 73 asthma knowledge questions was 58.45 (SD +12.08). Education status higher than primary school parents mean score of asthma knowledge was found significantly higher than education status lower than primary school parents mean score of asthma knowledge (p=0.031). When we compared education levels in bothered and non-bothered groups it was found that education level is higher especially in non bothered group (p=0.033).

This study has emphasized the need for accurate and up-to-date information on asthma for parents of asthmatic children.