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All-Ireland Survey of Breathing Problems and Related Disorders


Asthma Society of Ireland

Subject Keywords: Asthma, Breathing difficulty, Allergens
Catalogue: Data
Primary Data Sources
Type: Data
Region: Republic of Ireland

Ongoing series of national surveys carried out in a sample of Irish schools, following an international protocol, on the prevalence of asthma and wheeze among young people in the Republic of Ireland. Data include prevalence of medical conditions associated with allergic reaction; prevalence of breathing conditions; history of asthma; interference of breathing problems with daily activities and participation. The most recent study (2007) includes additional questions on smoking habits of children and also of their parents and family members.


Key Variables Sex; DOB; Age in Years; Nationality
Unit Of Observation Individual 13-14 year-old children selected from post-primary schools throughout Ireland
Start Date of data collection 1995
Frequency 1995, 1998, 2003, 2007
Target Population Target population: Children aged 13 to 14 years. Sample size: Over 3,000 students took part in all 4 studies. Response rate: Each of the 3 studies had a 90% response rate.
Method of data collection To date, the studies have been carried out in schools using a paper-based questionnaire, completed under supervision. During the 2007 study, an online version of the questionnaire was developed as a pilot programme and was completed by over 250 children, in tandem with the paper version.



Rights: © Government of Ireland
Suggested citation:

Asthma Society of Ireland. (2007) All-Ireland Survey of Breathing Problems and Related Disorders [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 23rd July 2019].


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