Differing reports of asthma symptoms in African Americans and Caucasians

D. Scott Trochtenberg, Rhonda BeLue, Sharon Piphus, Niketa Washington

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Objective. This pilot study explores the reported symptoms in African Americans and Caucasians with asthma. Methods. Asthma patients in an inner-city pulmonary clinic were given a brief questionnaire of asthma symptoms and the BORG scale, followed by spirometry. Results. African Americans were less likely to report nocturnal awakenings (67% vs. 100%; p = 0.037), complain of dyspnea (33% vs. 75%; p = 0.038), or experience chest pain (13% vs. 75%; p = 0.002) than Caucasians. Conclusions. This is the first study to demonstrate that there are clinically significant differences in the reporting of asthma symptoms between African Americans and Caucasians.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-170
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Asthma
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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