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Teens misjudge condition control

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Teenagers tend to dramatically overestimate their ability to control their asthma, according to US study findings.

The study observed 201 adolescents during clinical visits. Researchers said 74% significantly overestimated their ability to control asthma when compared to their own symptom reports, rescue medication use and limitations it placed on activities.

‘This study shows that teens tend to think they’re in control when they may be having difficulty,’ the authors said at the annual meeting of the US Pediatric Academic Society in Hawaii. ‘For those of us who treat teens with asthma, these findings will help us address with patients their perceived control versus what is actually going on.’

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