Local Publications

The following publications used ISAAC data from the Khon Kaen centre:

  • Teeratakulpisarn J, Pairojkul S, Heng S. Survey of the prevalence of asthma, allergic rhinitis and eczema in schoolchildren from Khon Kaen, Northeast Thailand.an ISAAC study.International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood. Asian Pac J Allergy Immunol.2000 Dec;18(4):187-94.
  • Teeratakulpisarn J, Wiangnon S, Kosalaraksa P, Heng S. Surveying the prevalence of asthma, allergic rhinitis and eczema in school-children in Khon Kaen, Northeastern Thailand using the ISAAC questionnaire: phase III. Asian Pac J Allergy Immunol.2004 Dec;22(4):175-81.

Khon Kaen Centre

Phase OnePhase TwoPhase Three
Centre:Khon Kaen, Thailand ( Asia-Pacific )
Principal Investigator:Associate Professor Jamaree Teeratakulpisarn
Age Groups:13-14, 6-7Timeframe:November 1998 to May 1999
Sampling Frame:13-14yr: All school located in the Central District that have a large number of children (>300), easy to access and have both sex.
6-7yr:All schools located in the Central district that have >100 children of target group and easy to access.


Associate Professor Jamaree Teeratakulpisarn

Department of Pediatrics
Faculty of Medicine
Khon Kaen University



  • Phase Three Principal Investigator for Khon Kaen

ISAAC study in Khon Kaen, Thailand

Prof. Pakit Vichyanond, Thailand coordinator, contacted us (Dr.Srivieng Pairojkul and me) to participate in the ISAAC study phase 1. Because of the limitation of funding, we could not conduct the phase one survey and sent our results for publication on time. However, we conducted our first ISAAC survey, using the same questionnaires as the two previous surveys in Thailand, in 1998, which was later added to the Phase Three data. Our first survey showed higher prevalence of asthma (13.6%) than the two centers from Bangkok and Chiangmai. So, we conducted the second survey 5 years later in 2003 for confirming the high prevalence and determining the time trend. Although our results were similar to Chaingmai center that asthma prevalence was not increase within 5 years, but we confirmed the high prevalence of asthma and other allergic diseases of Thailand.

In Thailand, we have very few disease prevalence survey so we cannot predict or estimate how burden of the diseases to our health system. Allergic diseases have been taken into health personnel and public interested issue since the last decade. We thank Prof. Pakit Vichyanond, the ISAAC Committee and all of you who initiated and run these great works.

Jamaree Teeratakulpisarn, MD
Department of Pediatrics,
Faculty of Medicine,
Khon Kaen University, Thailand