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Health Indicator Report of Asthma Management

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.

Percentage of Individuals With Current Asthma Who Have Ever Received an Asthma Action Plan by Age, Utah, 2014-2015 (child), 2015-2016 (adult)


Percentages include those who responded "yes" to the question "Has a doctor or other health professional EVER given you an asthma action plan?"

Data Source

Utah Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Call-back Survey

Data Interpretation Issues

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.


Individuals with current asthma who responded 'yes' to questions regarding asthma management. Current asthma includes individuals who reported having been told by a doctor that they have asthma and who currently have asthma.


Total number of individuals who responded 'yes' to asthma management questions.


Includes all survey respondents except those with missing, don't know, or refused answers to the asthma management questions.

Healthy People Objective RD-7:

Increase the proportion of persons with current asthma who receive appropriate asthma care according to National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) guidelines
U.S. Target: Not applicable, see subobjectives in this category

Other Objectives

Healthy People 2020 Objective RD-7.1:[[br]] Increase the proportion of persons with current asthma who receive written asthma management plans from their health care provider according to National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) guidelines[[br]] '''U.S. Target:''' 36.8 percent[[br]] '''State Target:''' Adults - 29.2 percent; Children - 49.5 percent Healthy People 2020 Objective RD-7.6:[[br]] (Developmental) Increase the proportion of persons with current asthma who have had at least one routine follow-up visit in the past 12 months according to National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) guidelines

What Is Being Done?

The Utah Asthma Program (UAP) in conjunction with the Utah Asthma Task Force and other partners strive to maximize the reach, impact, efficiency, and sustainability of comprehensive asthma control services through providing a seamless alignment of the full array of services across the public health and health care sectors, so that people with asthma receive all of the services they need. The UAP focuses on three types of strategies to create and support a comprehensive asthma control program, these include: building infrastructure strategies to support leadership, strategic partnerships, strategic communications, surveillance, and evaluation; linking services strategies to expand school- and home-based services; and creating health systems strategies to improve coverage, delivery, quality, and use of clinical services. These strategies are expected to increase asthma control and quality of life, by increasing access to health care and by increasing coordination and coverage for comprehensive asthma control services both in the public health and health care sectors. Specifically, these strategies include identifying people with poorly controlled asthma, linking them to health care providers and NAEPP EPR-3 guidelines-based care, educating them on self-management, providing a supportive school environment, and referring to or providing home trigger reduction services for those who need them. The linkage function has the added benefit of bringing more people who might be high utilizers of emergency room and hospital services into primary care and also providing a resource for primary care providers to refer people for intensive self-management education and trigger reduction services when needed.

Available Services

Individual programs in the Bureau of Health Promotion Division of Disease Control and Prevention provide information and education to citizens, physicians, and health care providers on chronic conditions. For instance, users can find helpful information on disease management and prevention at the Utah Department of Health's Asthma Program website: []. A list of Utah Asthma Program services for clinicians, community health workers, and people with asthma can be found here: []
Page Content Updated On 11/19/2018, Published on 02/07/2019
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Content updated: Thu, 20 Jun 2019 13:03:28 MDT