Background: Asthma is a common chronic illness worldwide. Identifying and treating
impaired health-related quality of life, is now recognized as an important component of asthma management.
A high prevalence of behavioral and emotional difficulties was noticed among children
Methods: This is a cross-sectional study that was conducted over 8 weeks involving 45 asthmatic
children, between the ages of 7-17 years old, presented to Jordan University Hospital in Amman,
Jordan. General demographic characteristics were collected, and two questionnaires were used:
asthma control test (ACT), and the pediatric asthma quality of life questionnaire (PAQLQ). We also
used the feeling thermometer scale, and a pulmonary function test was done for patients. SAS
Software version 9.4 USA and Pearsons coefficient were used to find associations.
Results: Among 45 patients, 53% of the sample had poor asthma control. The mean FEV1 on lung
function testing was 80% (± 16.18) of predicted. The mean for clinical asthma scores (ACT) was
18.8 ± 4.53 (out of 25). FEV1 was significantly higher in children with good control compared to
those with a low ACT score (P-value <0.05). The mean total PAQLQ score was 5.3 ± 1.06 and it
correlated significantly with ACT score (P-value <0.001).
Conclusion: This study highlights the association of poorly controlled asthma with a poor quality
of life. It is recommended that the quality of life of children should be assessed and observed during
clinic visits, for a better comprehensive approach and effective improvement of outcome.