Clinical indicators of ineffective breathing pattern in children with asthma


  • Joyce Carolle Bezerra Cavalcante
  • Lanusa Celes Mendes
  • Marcos Venícios de Oliveira Lopes
  • Luisa Helena de Oliveira Lima


Nursing Diagnosis, Child Care, Asthma.


A cross-sectional study, performed with 147 asthmatic children put into a public infant hospital of Fortaleza – CE, was developed with the aim to analyze the accuracy of the defi ned characteristics of the nursing diagnosis “Ineffective breathing pattern - IBP” in asthmatic children. The defi ned characteristics with more prevalence were dyspnea (56,4%) and altered respiratory frequency (50,3%). The nursing diagnosis IBP was present in 36,1% of the searched population. The sensitive defi ned characteristic for the diagnosis IBP was the dyspnea. However, the characteristics that were considered specifi c were beating of the nose wing, to assume a position of 3 points and increased antero-posterior diameter. The conclusion was that studies that collaborate to outline the profi le of the most frequently defi ned characteristics for a specifi c population should be stimulated because they can serve as a guide in nursing practice.





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Cavalcante, J. C. B., Mendes, L. C., Lopes, M. V. de O., & Lima, L. H. de O. (2010). Clinical indicators of ineffective breathing pattern in children with asthma. Rev Rene, 11(1). Retrieved from



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