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Vol. 42. Issue 6.
Pages 609-615 (November - December 2014)
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Vol. 42. Issue 6.
Pages 609-615 (November - December 2014)
DOI: 10.1016/j.aller.2013.05.008
The association of sedentary lifestyle with childhood asthma. The role of nurse as educator
E. Konstantakia,
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, K.N. Priftisb, G. Antonogeorgosc, C. Papoutsakisd, M. Drakoulia, V. Matzioud
a National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Department of Nursing, Greece
b Third Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Attikon University Hospital, Greece
c Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Harokopio University, Greece
d Department of Nursing, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
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Table 1. Summary of the characteristics of studies included in the systematic review.
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To provide a summary of the existing published knowledge on the association between sedentary lifestyle and childhood asthma. Twelve years ago, the first longitudinal studies carried out in children showed a relationship between physical activity and asthma. Several epidemiological studies confirmed these findings, with sedentary lifestyle predicting the onset of asthma.


A systematic review of epidemiological studies was conducted within the MEDLINE database. Epidemiological studies on children subjects, published in English were included in the review. A comprehensive literature search yielded 50 studies for further consideration. Following the application of the eligibility criteria, we identified 11 studies.


A positive association and an excess risk of asthma during childhood were revealed to sedentary lifestyle. The findings proved the association between childhood asthma and sedentary lifestyle. The correlation between bronchial asthma and sedentary life during childhood and identifying whether preventable or treatable risk factors exist needs to be determined. Further research on the topic is essential for safer and standardised conclusions.

Conclusions and practice implication

Asthma can be controlled when managed properly. The role of the nurse as an educator should establish and maintain a relationship with patients in order to help them manage their disease. The steps towards asthma management will help paediatric patients to guide their approach to the condition.

Sedentary lifestyle
Physical activity
Leisure time


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