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Asthma Prevalence, Health Care Use, and Mortality in the United States, 2001–2010

Two major asthma epidemiology reports today from CDC.

The National Center for Health Statistics released the latest data brief analyzing trends in asthma prevalence, health care utilization and mortality in the US from 2001-2010.

Most of the news is not good:

  • Prevalence rates of asthma have reached 8.4 percent, the highest ever recorded in the US.
  • Rates of emergency department visits and hospitalizations remained stable.

but mortality – which was highest among those 65 and older – did decline over the period.

The CDC’s Air Pollution and Respiratory Health Branch has also posted a new graphical overview of “Asthma’s Impact on the Nation”

“The information in this release is a stark reminder that asthma continues to be major public health concern with a large financial impact on families, the nation and our health care system,” Christopher Portier, director of CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, said in an agency news release.

Portier also highlighted the lack of asthma action plans among the majority of children and adults with asthma, and encouraged those with asthma to work with their doctors to take control of this disease.

CDC releases National Asthma Control Program state profiles

CDC has set up a new page collecting short (two-page) burden of disease profiles from the 36 National Asthma Control Program grantee states across the US.

These summaries highlight key statistical data, such as prevalence and health care use in adults and children, as well as data on patient education and medication use from the Asthma Call-Back Survey.

Great to have these standardized briefs collected in one place. The obvious next step: Make the data underlying these PDFs readily available.

CDC – Asthma – National Asthma Control Program State Profiles