Measuring the proportion of and reasons for asthma-related school absence in England

Jones, C J, Mabbit, J, Kissling, E, Gilchrist, K, Scanlon, T, Thomas, G, Wooler, E, McFarlane, R and Mukhopadhyay, S (2020) Measuring the proportion of and reasons for asthma-related school absence in England. Clinical & Experimental Allergy. ISSN 0954-7894

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Asthma affects 300 million people across all age-groups and ethnicities and is the most common chronic condition affecting children1, 2. In the UK, the health care costs associated with asthma are estimated at £1.1 billion, however this amount typically excludes some societal costs (e.g. absence from work to care for children)3. The total number of days missed from school in England in the 2017/18 academic year was 59.1 million of which 54.7% were due to illness4 although the reasons for those illness-related absences are unknown. Given the high proportion of children with asthma and the fact that school absences are associated with low levels of achievement6, the primary aim of this study was to measure the proportion of asthma-related absences in school children and describe the factors reported by parents that predispose their children to these school absences. The secondary aim was to explore parents’ and school staff views on extending an app currently used for reporting school absences to one that might also provide tailored interventions.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ0101 Child health. Child health services
Depositing User: Katie Isaac
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2020 08:13
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2021 02:00

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