Asthma in Australia 2008 

Table 3.6
National Asthma Council Australia Asthma Management Handbook assessment of asthma severity in newly diagnosed children aged over 5 years

Feature

Infrequent intermittent

Frequent intermittent

Mild persistent

Moderate persistent

Severe persistent

Daytime asthma symptoms between exacerbations

Nil

Nil

More than once a week but not every day

Daily

Continuous

Night-time asthma symptoms between exacerbations

Nil

Nil

More than twice a month but not every week

More than once a week

Frequent

Exacerbations

Brief

Mild

Occur less than every 4–6 weeks

More than twice a month

May affect activity and sleep

At least twice a week

Restrict activity or affects sleep

Frequent

Restrict activity

PEF or FEV1

More than 80% predicted

At least 80% predicted

At least 80% predicted

60–80% predicted

60% predicted or less

PEF variability

Less than 20%

Less than 20%

20–30%

More than 30%

More than 30%

Note: FEV1 = forced expiratory volume in 1 second.

Source: NAC 2006.

 

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