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Description: The Adrenal Suppression in Pediatric Asthma tool is a resource that provides clinicians with information on adrenal suppression, with a focus on medication such as inhaled corticosteroids, screening and diagnosis, and prevention and recognition.  

Owner/Author: Family Physician Airways Group of Canada
Year: 2012
Patient Population: Pediatric
Format: Fillable PDF, PDF
Relevant Quality Statements: Asthma Medication, Diagnosis

Decision Support Guidance

Who might use this tool?

  • Pediatricians
  • Family Physicians
  • General Practitioners
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Pharmacists
  • Certified Respiratory Educators

When might they use this tool?

  • When caring for a child who has been on recurrent oral corticosteroids or high dose inhaled corticosteroids, especially if they have non-specific symptoms

Why might they use this tool?

  • To better understand how to consider, assess, and investigate a patient for adrenal suppression

What are important considerations when using this tool?

  • Adrenal suppression is more common than thought, and may have serious consequences if missed

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