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Health Indicator Report of Asthma - Youth Current Asthma, Middle School

Asthma in young children is a serious public health problem in the US. The National Health Interview Survey has found that persons under 18 years have higher rates of asthma than any other age group. Of particular concern is the significant increase in asthma rates in children since 1980. Asthma in children results in missed days of school, limitations on daily activities, emergency department visits for treatment of asthma symptoms, and hospitalizations.

Current Asthma, Middle School by County 2013, 2015, 2017


The percentages reported above have been produced by weighting the sample so that the results better represent the Hawaii population. Numerator and denominator data have been rounded to the nearest 100. In cases where the numerator is 49 or less, it is displayed as 50. Statistical Stability--Relative standard error, or RSE, is the standard error expressed as a proportion of the point estimate. Stable is displayed when the RSE is below 0.30. Unstable is displayed when the RSE is 0.30-0.50. An unstable count or rate may fluctuate widely across time periods due to random variation (chance). Very unstable is displayed when the RSE is greater than 0.50. A very unstable count or rate should not be used to inform decision making. Problems with statistical instability typically occur when there is a small number of health events in a small population. You may combine years or otherwise increase the population size used in the query to achieve a more stable count or rate. Suppression of Estimates--According to CDC YRBS guidelines, a minimum of 100 respondents must answer the question in order for it to be reported. Where the number of respondents is below 100, ** will appear in the table.

Data Source

Hawaii Youth Risk Behavior Survey, Hawaii State Department of Education and Hawaii State Department of Health. Citation: Hawaii Health Data Warehouse, State of Hawaii, Hawaii School Health Survey: Youth Risk Behavior Survey Module, [appropriate year(s)].

Data Interpretation Issues

The Youth Risk Behavior survey uses a two-stage, stratified random sampling method to identify the sample. The sampling frame includes all students currently enrolled in grades 6-12 in a public school in the state of Hawaii. Two samples are taken: one for middle school (grades 6-8) and one for high school (grades 9-12). Results are weighted by sex, grade, and race/ethnicity to ensure accurate representation of the population.


Percent of middle school students who have ever been told by a doctor, nurse or other health professional that they had asthma and still have asthma now, based on a series of questions.


Number of middle school students who have ever been told by a doctor, nurse or other health professional that they had asthma and still have asthma now.


Number of middle school students for whom asthma status can be determined based on their responses to a series of questions (excludes unknowns and refusals).
Page Content Updated On 01/20/2019, Published on 02/12/2019
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Content updated: Thu, 14 Feb 2019 10:55:12 HST