Impact of home environment characteristics on asthma quality of life and symptom scores

Angela D. Shedd, Jay I. Peters, Pamela Wood, Stephen Inscore, Emma Forkner, Brad Smith, Autumn Dawn Galbreath

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We explore the relationship between home-based triggers, asthma symptoms, and quality of life (QOL) with data from 177 adult and pediatric participants who received a home environmental assessment. Outcomes included the Asthma Quality of life Questionnaire, the Prediatric Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire, the Paediatric Asthma Caregiver's Quality of Questionnaires and the Lara Asthma Symptom Scale. The absence of roaches and the use of dust mite covers were positively associated with QOL in pediatric and adult participants. Frequent bed sheet washing was associated with increased symptoms and decreased quality of life in adults and caregivers of pediatric participants. These findings confirm existing wisdom on roaches and dust mite covers and raise important questions about bed sheet washing recommendations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)183-187
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Asthma
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2007


  • Adult
  • Home environment
  • Pediatric
  • QOL
  • Symptoms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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