Objective. This study explores self-reported perception of asthma symptoms in African-Americans. Methods. Qualitative methodology was used to analyze the responses from African-Americans within focus groups from Nashville, Tennessee. Results. Common symptoms were chest tightness, "breathing problems," and wheeze. Less commonly reported symptoms included cough, chest pain, dizziness, sweating, and "short of breath." A single participant reported nocturnal wheezing. Conclusions. This study provides insight into the descriptors and perception of asthma symptoms in African-Americans. Understanding the descriptors of symptoms and disease severity in African-American patients may lead to more accurate diagnosis, treatment, and reduced mortality within this high-risk population.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Immunology and Allergy
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine