Validation of Asthma Control Assessment Among Urban Adolescents Using the Asthma Control and Communication Instrument

Sande O. Okelo, Andrew L. Bilderback, Maria Fagnano, Jill S. Halterman

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Background: The National Institutes of Health guidelines recommend questionnaires to assess asthma control, but there are few self-reported asthma morbidity surveys validated among urban, African American, Hispanic, and/or poor adolescents. The Asthma Control and Communication Instrument (ACCI) is a 12-item self-reported questionnaire previously validated among a diverse adult population, but not among adolescents. Objective: To assess the ability of the ACCI to accurately describe asthma control in an urban adolescent population. Methods: Between November 13, 2014, and March 2, 2017, we collected information using the ACCI, the Asthma Control Test, the Pediatric Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire, and lung function among adolescents enrolled in a school-based asthma intervention study. The ACCI measure of asthma control was validated by evaluating accuracy (on the basis of receiver operating characteristic curve), internal reliability, and concurrent and discriminative validity. Results: We collected information on 280 adolescents (mean age, 13.4 years; 56% males; and 51% African American). ACCI control showed good internal reliability and strong concurrent and discriminative validity with the Asthma Control Test and the Pediatric Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire. The accuracy of the ACCI in classifying adolescents with uncontrolled asthma was good (area under the curve, 0.83; 95% CI, 0.79-0.88). Conclusion: The ACCI, a clinical tool developed to assist communication about asthma control, has demonstrated strong construct validity as a self-reported questionnaire within an urban, African American, and Hispanic sample of adolescents. It has the potential to assist in the assessment of asthma control in urban, minority, and/or poor adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)962-968.e1
JournalJournal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2019


  • ACCI
  • Accuracy
  • Adolescents
  • Assessment
  • Control
  • Impairment
  • Survey
  • Validation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy


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