Parental beliefs can hinder care of child asthma

GPs should identify parental attitudes towards managing children's asthma, according to research from King's College, London.

South Asian and black populations have higher rates of A&E  attendance with asthma-related problems than the white population it found.

South Asian parents were four times more likely to say asthma drugs were addictive compared to their white counterparts, and three times more likely to believe that medicines could do more harm than good.

Somerset GP Dr Steve Holmes, chairman of the general practice airways group (GPIAG), said he expected the majority of GPs would be asking parents about their beliefs on asthma treatment.

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