• Journal Article

Proxy-reported questionnaires for young children with asthma: A structured review


Barrett, A., Clark, M., DeMuro, C., & Esser, D. (2013). Proxy-reported questionnaires for young children with asthma: A structured review. European Respiratory Journal, 42(2), 513-526. DOI: 10.1183/09031936.00052112


Which proxy-reported outcome measures have been developed for use with children aged 6 years and younger to assess asthma symptoms, asthma control, and asthma-specific health-related quality of life, and do these questionnaires' measurement properties support their use as endpoints in clinical trials?A two-phase literature search was conducted: 1) studies describing relevant questionnaires were identified, and the questionnaires were assessed against predefined criteria; 2) studies providing information on the measurement properties of questionnaires meeting the predefined inclusion criteria were identified. Literature sources included PubMed and Embase databases, scientific conference proceedings, a clinical trial registry, and a quality of life instrument database.The initial search of literature databases and conference abstracts identified 631 records. Twenty paediatric asthma proxy-reported outcome instruments were identified; seven met the inclusion criteria: Childhood Asthma Control Test, Control de Asma en Ninos Questionnaire, Paediatric Asthma Caregiver Diary, Paediatric Asthma Control Tool, PedsQL 3.0 Short-Form 22 Asthma Module, PedsQL Asthma Symptoms Scale, and Test for Respiratory and Asthma Control in Kids.Three proxy-reported outcome instruments were considered suitable for use as endpoints in paediatric asthma clinical trials; the Paediatric Asthma Caregiver Diary possesses the strongest measurement properties of the three