Table 1

Characteristics of informants

Low users of short-acting bronchodilatorsHigh users of short-acting bronchodilators
Number interviewed912
Mean age (range)27.4 years (22–30)26.3 years (20–32)
Mean age at diagnosis (range)9.3 years (1–19)8.3 years (1–26)
Preventer inhalers (mean/year)64
Number on BTS step 2 : step 34:53:9
Number on ICS/LABA inhalers59
Oral steroids for asthma ever36
Oral steroids in last year12
A&E attendance for asthma ever35
A&E attendance in last year01
Admission for asthma ever25
Admission in last year00
Current smoker46
Had a self-management plan64
Pays for prescriptions88
  • BTS, British Thoracic Society; ICS, inhaled corticosteroid; LABA, long acting beta agonist.