Evid Based Nurs 2:79 doi:10.1136/ebn.2.3.79
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Review: controlling house dust mites is ineffective for asthmatic patients who are sensitive to mites

 Question Is a reduction in exposure to dust mite antigen in the home effective for patients with asthma who are sensitive to mites?

Data sources

Studies were identified by searching the the Cochrane Airways Group databases, which contain citations from CINAHL, Medline, and Embase/Excerpta Medica. Respiration and Clinical and Experimental Allergy were handsearched (1980–96). Bibliographies of relevant articles were scanned, and primary authors were contacted for additional data.

Study selection

Studies in any language were selected if they were randomised controlled trials that compared chemical or physical measures for controlling mites in the home with no treatment in patients with bronchial asthma. A diagnosis of asthma by a physician and confirmation of sensitisation to mites were required.

Data extraction

2 authors extracted data on subjective wellbeing, improvement in asthma symptoms, medication to control asthma, number of sick days, number of unscheduled visits to a physician …

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