An online survey, carried out from May to July 2014, collected data on the health and wellbeing of young Australians aged 12 to 25 living with asthma as part of a wider, ongoing project to evaluate the effectiveness of National Young People with Asthma Survey (NYPAS).
A total of 533 eligible young people with asthma responded to the survey.
- People with asthma face a variety of challenges to their health and wellbeing. They also have a lower quality of life than people without asthma
- The health and wellbeing of young people aged 12-25 with asthma has been found to be poorer than that of both their peers without asthma and people with asthma of other ages
- Almost all participants (90.5%) had experienced shortness of breath at least once or twice a week in the past four weeks.
- Many of the participants reported experiencing regular symptoms which impacted on their sleep. Of all respondents, 70.9% reported waking up at night or earlier than usual in the morning due to symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, chest tightness or pain
- 56.1% reported that asthma hindered their enjoyment of life
- It is clear from participants’ responses to the Asthma Control Score items that overall, their asthma is not well controlled.
- Just under half of all participants have a written Asthma Action Plan, with 37.7% having used this plan.
- Asthma had a measureable impact on young people’s attendance at school, University, TAFE and/or work. 41.8% had not attended these activities due to their asthma in the last twelve months.
Top three reasons for not taking asthma medications daily
- I don’t think I need to, because I feel well 137 (25.7%)
- The doctor didn’t tell me to take it every day 64 (12%)
- I forget to take it 59 (11.1%)
View full survey report here