Parents are being urged to fill in an historic health survey of Aberdeen primary pupils before the summer break begins on Friday.
The study – which was first sent home in satchels 50 years ago and became an important benchmark for asthma care across the UK and Europe – will help Aberdeen University researchers build a picture of the disease’s prevalence today.
More than 10,000 questionnaires have already gone out to the parents of children at primary schools across the city – although researchers suspect some may still be languishing in classrooms or at the bottom of bags.
Now the team are hoping that as many as possible will be completed and returned before the schools break for the summer.
Dr Steve Turner, senior clinical lecturer in child health at the university and honorary consultant paediatrician with NHS Grampian, said: “The survey information is absolutely invaluable because as well as providing a picture of asthma in Aberdeen it is a reflection of the asthma picture across the UK and in some parts of Europe.
“We really hope parents do take the five minutes it takes to complete this questionnaire.”