Table 6

 Psychosocial variables and A&E attendance

Controls (%)Cases (%)OR (95% CI)OR adjusted for age, sex and ethnic group (95% CI)
How confident are you about changing your child’s asthma medication when his or her asthma gets worse?Not very or not at all27/148 (18.2)119/508 (23.4)1.38 (0.82 to 2.33)1.22 (0.63 to 1.50)
When my child’s asthma gets worse….
    There is usually a friend or family member to turn to for helpAgree102/130 (78.5)382/504 (75.8)0.86 (0.54 to 1.37)0.91 (0.67 to 1.49)
    I sometimes feel very aloneAgree43/126 (34.1)291/509 (57.1)2.58 (1.71 to 3.87)2.25 (1.48 to 3.43)
    I sometimes experience panic or fearAgree76/131 (58.0)402/513 (78.4)2.62 (1.75 to 3.93)2.37 (1.56 to 3.62)
    I feel confident that my GP knows how to treat asthma attacksAgree112/127 (88.2)302/436 (69.3)0.30 (0.17 to 0.54)0.34 (0.19 to 0.61)
    My child will see a doctor more quickly in casualty than GPAgree50/108 (46.3)314/461 (68.1)2.48 (1.62 to 3.79)2.59 (1.66 to 4.04)