Childhood Asthma Control Test

Reviewed by Ann Mullen, RN, CNS, AE-C, CDE, TTS
Studies have shown that many people with asthma mistakenly believe they have their asthma under control. A simple asthma control questionnaire or asthma control test (ACT) can identify children and adults with poorly controlled asthma who needlessly suffer asthma symptoms that limit their daily activities.

A panel of asthma specialists developed two questionnaires - one for children ages 4-11 and another for those ages 12-60+. Download the Childhood Asthma Control Test (pdf).

Key questions focusing on the past 4 weeks are asked to determine asthma control. Each question offers several answers, which are scored on a scale of 0 to 5. The questionnaire for children 4-11 includes a section for the child to complete and a section for the parent to complete. Patients whose combined score is 19 or less are deemed to have asthma that is not well controlled and are advised to talk to their healthcare provider about their asthma. Patients whose combined score is 20 are above are deemed to have well controlled asthma.

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