Asthma is the most common chronic disease in children, and acute exacerbations of asthma are one of the most common reasons for children to seek emergency care and require urgent hospitalization. Approximately half to two-thirds of children with asthma who seek emergency care can be classified as having mild respiratory distress, and between 2 and 5% have severe respiratory distress; the remainder has moderate respiratory distress.



Key studies

Key Study: The Pediatric Respiratory Assessment Measure: a valid clinical score for assessing acute asthma severity from toddlers to teenagers (2008)


Ducharme, FM, Chalut, D, Plotnick, L, Savdie, C, Kudirka, D, Zhang, X, Meng, ...

To determine the performance characteristics of the Preschool Respiratory Assessment Measure (PRAM) in preschool and school-aged children with acute asthma.

Key Study: The Preschool Respiratory Assessment Measure (PRAM): a responsive index of acute asthma severity (2000)


Chalut DS, Ducharme FM, Davis GM

To elaborate and validate a Preschool Respiratory Assessment Measure (PRAM) that would accurately reflect the severity of airway obstruction and the response to treatment in young patients with asthma.