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Asthma in Children and Adolescents

Professional Resource Guide


This professional resource guide directs readers to a selection of current, high-quality resources about asthma in children and adolescents, its prevalence, and its impact on homes, schools, and communities. The professional resource guide includes tools for improving asthma management and care and staying abreast of new developments in pediatric asthma research. It can be used by health professionals, program administrators, policymakers, researchers, and community advocates to learn more about the topic, for program development, and to locate training resources and information to answer specific questions. Separate sections point to resources about environmental triggers and medications and monitoring. Separate briefs focus on resources for families and resources about asthma management in school. The professional resource guide has been compiled by the MCH Digital Library at Georgetown University and will be updated periodically.


See Asthma and Children Fact Sheet (2010) by the American Lung Association (ALA), which briefly describes asthma symptoms, triggers, treatment, prevalence in the United States, mortality and hospitalizations, and health care costs, and the impact of asthma on school absenteeism. Also see the Child Trends data brief, Asthma (2010), which presents data about asthma in children and adolescents, including its prevalence, trends, and differences by gender, race and ethnicity, usual source of health care, type of insurance coverage, and food stamp receipt.

Resources for Professionals

Important resource: The main guidelines for managing asthma are the Expert Panel Report 3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma (2007) by the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP).


Reports, Briefs, and Other Resources

Education Programs and Materials

Data and Statistics

Literature and Research Databases

Programs Databases

News and Commentary

Resources for Families

Resources for Schools

Resources on Specific Aspects of Asthma Management

Environmental Triggers

Medications and Monitoring

Related MCH Digital Library Resources

Asthma in Children and Adolescents: Professional Resource Guide, 5th ed. (February 2011). (Updated: August 2014). Author: Susan Brune Lorenzo, M.L.S., MCH Digital Library. Reviewers: Ellen Bowser, R.D., L.D., University of Florida Pediatric Pulmonary Center; Cindy Capen, M.S.N., University of Florida Pediatric Pulmonary Center; Susan Horky, L.C.S.W., University of Florida Pediatric Pulmonary Center; Elizabeth M. Klements, M.S., P.N.P.–B.C., A.E.–C., Children’s Hospital Boston; Angela Miney, Family Partner, University of Florida Pediatric Pulmonary Center; Olivia Pickett, M.A., M.L.S., MCH Digital Library; Mary H. Wagner, M.D., University of Florida Pediatric Pulmonary Center; Elizabeth R. Woods, M.D., M.P.H, Harvard Medical School and Children’s Hospital Boston. Editor: Ruth Barzel, M.A., MCH Digital Library.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.