MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Teresa To, PhD
Biostatistics, Design and Analysis
The Hospital for Sick Children
Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Response: We studied asthma prescription drug use in Ontario children aged 2 to 18 years with physician diagnosed asthma between 2003 and 2014.
We found that:
- Currently in Ontario, nearly 50% of children with asthma did not fill a prescription for an inhaled corticosteroid during the study period, despite these medications being considered the gold-standard for asthma management.
- Our findings did not show clinically important association between inhaled corticosteroids and fracture among children with asthma.
- However, systemic corticosteroids (oral or injection) are associated with higher fracture risk in children with asthma (17% higher risk).