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It was with great interest that I read the clinical report from Dinakar and Chipps(1) describing the clinical tools to assess asthma control in children in the January issue of Pediatrics. They provide an accurate overview of composite asthma scoring instruments with the exception of the childhood asthma control test (C-ACT) as they failed to include the C-ACT in the listing of instruments that have been validated in Spanish-speaking groups. Several studies have validated the C-ACT in Spanish-speaking populations.(2, 3) This is an important consideration for pediatricians working with Spanish-speaking children with asthma who are considering implementing these control tests in their practice.
Stephen K. de Waal Malefyt, MD, FAAP, AE-C
1. Dinakar C, Chipps BE, Section On A, Immunology, Section On Pediatric P, Sleep M. Clinical Tools to Assess Asthma Control in Children. Pediatrics2016 Dec 26.
2. Perez-Yarza EG, Castro-Rodriguez JA, Villa Asensi JR, Garde Garde J, Hidalgo Bermejo FJ. Validation of a Spanish version of the Childhood Asthma Control Test (Sc-ACT) for use in Spain. Anales de pediatria (Barcelona, Spain : 2003)2015 Aug;83(2):94-103.
3. Rodriguez-Martinez CE, Melo-Rojas A, Restrepo-Gualteros SM, Sossa-Briceno MP, Nino G. Validation of the Spanish version of the childhood asthma control test (cACT) in a population of Hispanic children. J Asthma2014 Oct;51(8):855-62.
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