Management of acute asthma in children  – a PREDICT study

The primary aim of this research project is to determine the incidence, management of, and complications relating to acute severe asthma in children presenting to emergency departments across Australia and New Zealand.  Medical records of children aged 1 – 18 years of age presenting to the emergency department with a diagnosis of asthma will be reviewed. Data will be extracted regarding treatments administered and what happens to them when they are in hospital.  Patient outcomes (hospital length of stay, complications, etc) will be compared by treatment, to see if we can identify any treatments which appear to better (or worse) than any other treatment.

Study design

A retrospective observational medical record audit

Chief Investigator

A/Prof Simon Craig (Monash Health)


2017 – 2019


Emergency Medicine Foundation

Site locations

  • Monash Health, Clayton, VIC, Australia
  • Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, Brisbane, QLD, Australia
  • Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
  • Gold Coast Hospital, Southport, Queensland, Australia.
  • Starship Children’s Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand
  • KidzFirst Middlemore Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Royal Darwin Hospital, Darwin, NT, Australia
  • Logan Hospital, Logan, QLD, Australia
  • Townsville Hospital, Townsville, QLD, Australia
  • Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, NSW, Australia
  • The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • Perth Children’s Hospital, Perth, WA,  Australia
  • Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide, SA, Australia
  • John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, NSW, Australia
  • Canberra Hospital, Canberra, ACT, Australia
  • Hobart Hospital, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia


18000 children aged 1 – 18 years with treated for asthma in the ED