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Indicator Report - Asthma: Adult Prevalence

Why Is This Important?

Asthma is a serious personal and public health issue that has far reaching medical, economic, and psychosocial implications. The burden of asthma can be seen in the number of asthma related medical events, including emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths.

Adult Asthma Prevalence by Race, Utah, 2010-2012

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Data Notes

Rates have been age-adjusted to the U.S. 2000 standard population based on 3 age groups: 18-34, 35-49, and 50+.
*Rates for the race category Pacific Islander have a coefficient of variation greater than 30% and do not meet the Utah Department of Health standards for reliability.
In 2011, the BRFSS changed its methodology from a landline only sample and weighting based on post-stratification to a landline/cell phone sample and raking as the weighting methodology. Raking accounts for variables such as income, education, marital status, and home ownership during weighting and has the potential to more accurately reflect the population distribution. This graph is based on the new methodology (landline/cell phone sample; raking).

Data Sources

Utah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health.

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Definition

Adults aged 18+ (unless otherwise noted), who reported having been told by a doctor that they have asthma and who currently have asthma.

How We Calculated the Rates

Numerator: Total number of respondents answering "yes" to both of the BRFSS asthma core questions: 1. Have you ever been told by a doctor, nurse, or other health professional that you had asthma? 2. Do you still have asthma?
Denominator: Includes all survey respondents ages 18 years and older except those with missing, don't know, or refused answers to the core asthma questions.

Page Content Updated On 10/23/2013, Published on 11/12/2013
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Content updated: Tue, 19 Nov 2013 23:09:24 MST