Asthma is the most prevalent chronic respiratory disease in children. If asthma is not well managed, it can result in significant morbidity and mortality. The purpose of this paper is to assess the effects of peak flow versus symptom monitoring on asthma health outcomes in children. A literature review was conducted for research articles related to peak flow and symptom monitoring as they relate to asthma outcomes in children. The MEDLINE, PubMed, and CINAHL databases were accessed. The search was narrowed to include articles from the years 2000-2006 using the search terms child, asthma, peak flow meter, and symptom monitoring. The benefits of peak flow monitoring versus symptom monitoring in improving health outcomes is a controversial issue. Reliable evidence that can be generalized to the child asthma population is equivocal. Further evidence-based research is needed to determine whether peak flow monitoring or symptom-based asthma action plans promote the best health outcomes in children with asthma.

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