The Korean version of the Test for Respiratory and Asthma Control in Kids (TRACK): Reliability and validity

The Korean childhood Asthma RESearch (KAERS) Group

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Abstract

Background: Test for Respiratory and Asthma Control in Kids (TRACK) questionnaires were developed and validated in various languages to monitor respiratory control in preschool-aged children. We aimed to assess the reliability and validity of the Korean version of the TRACK questionnaire. Methods: We administered the linguistically validated TRACK questionnaires to caregivers of asthmatic preschool children on two separate visits 4-6 weeks apart. Each physician graded the level of the guideline-based asthma control, assessed the timing of symptoms, and adjusted the therapeutic level at each visit. Results: A total of 137 children were enrolled in the study. Cronbach's alpha was 0.65 for a questionnaire as a whole. The test-retest reliability was 0.72. The median TRACK scores were significantly different between asthma control status categories, with the lowest scores in children classified as poorly controlled and the highest in the well-controlled group (P < 0.001). They were different among groups classified according to the physician adjusted therapeutic levels, with the lowest values in children prescribed step-up therapy (P < 0.001), and according to the recency of respiratory symptoms (P < 0.001). Finally, the changes in TRACK scores between visits were highest in subjects showing improved control, followed by unchanged, and worsened control. When we applied the traditional cut-off of 80 for a well-controlled condition, a sensitivity of 75.6% and a specificity of 70.9% were calculated. Conclusion: The Korean translated version of the TRACK questionnaire is valid and reliable to assess respiratory and asthma control in Korean preschool children with asthma symptoms.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere25
JournalJournal of Korean Medical Science
Volume34
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jan 1

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Keywords

  • Asthma
  • Pediatric
  • Preschool children
  • Questionnaire
  • Validation studies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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