Modified Asthma Predictive Index (mAPI)

Prognoses likelihood of future acute asthma in pediatric patients.

In the text below the calculator you can find more information about this predictor and a comparison with the API criteria.

The mAPI is a modified version of the API and determines chances of future acute asthma diagnosis in pediatric patients.

It consists of an item about the number of wheezing episodes experienced per year, 3 major and 3 minor criteria.

If the compulsory number of four or more wheezing episodes is not met, the mAPI is not relevant for the case in question.

The mAPI is validated, thus there is a risk of acute asthma diagnosis in the future, when four or more wheezing episodes per year are experienced AND at least one major OR at least two minor criteria are met.


Number of wheezing episodes per year


mAPI major criteria


mAPI minor criteria

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mAPI explained

The modified asthma predictive index can help determine whether respiratory and allergic criteria present in pediatric patients aged three or younger are linked to likelihood of acute asthma at school age.

The only exclusion of the model is that the index cannot be applied in children with less than four episodes of wheezing per year, which is the compulsory criteria.

The other major and minor criteria are presented below:

■ API major criteria:

- Family history (parent) with asthma;

- Patient diagnosed with eczema (atopic dermatitis);

- Diagnosed sensitivity to allergens in the air (demonstrated through positive skin prick tests or blood tests to a series of allergens such as dust mites, molds, weeds etc.).

■ API minor criteria:

- Wheezing present apart from colds;

- Greater than 4% blood eosinophils;

- Diagnosed food allergies (i.e. milk, eggs, peanuts).

In order for the index to be validated (likelihood of asthma diagnosis at school age) the four or more wheezing episodes per year criteria must be checked AND at least one major OR at least two minor criteria to be met.

The table below presents the sensitivity and specificity values for predictions in patients aged 3 at assessment date, as extracted from the study group:

Age of asthma diagnosis Sensitivity of mAPI (95% CI) Specificity of mAPI (95% CI)
6 17% (8.4–25) 99% (98–100)
8 19% (8.8–25) 100% (99–100)
11 19% (9.3–28) 99% (97–100)

The main limitation of the model relies in the fact that its predictive capacity depends on the prevalence of asthma in the general population.


Predicting asthma

It is important to delineate between normal wheezing presence in the first year of life (in 40% of children) and subsequent 30% recurrent wheezing in children at the age of 6.

Predictor indices such as API or mAPI provide information about future diagnosis and there are quite similar in terms of criteria used.

At a glance, the most important change that occurs in the mAPI is the addition of another minor criteria, that concerns the presence of diagnosed food allergies.

However, there are several other differences, from criteria to prediction specificities. The following table compares the two models:

Criteria API Modified API
Recurrent wheezing episodes per year Choice between: less than three and three or more Four or more wheezing episodes
Parent with asthma Major Major
Atopic dermatitis diagnosis Major Major
Aeroallergen sensitivity diagnosis Minor Major
Wheezing unrelated to colds Minor Minor
Eosinophilia (≥4%) Minor Minor
Food allergies Absent Minor

Currently, API is the preferred version when an asthma index is required in a longitudinal study. Further studies are also trying to find ways in which the indices can be employed in pharmaco-clinical methods that prevent asthma.



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Specialty: Pulmonology

System: Respiratory

Objective: Diagnosis

Type: Index

No. Of Criteria: 3

Abbreviation: mAPI

Article By: Denise Nedea

Published On: June 21, 2017

Last Checked: June 21, 2017

Next Review: June 21, 2023