Health Indicator Report of Asthma - current asthma, adult
Asthma is a condition wherein a person's air passages become inflamed, and the narrowing of the respiratory passages makes it difficult to breathe. Symptoms can include tightness in the chest, coughing, and wheezing. These symptoms are often brought on by exposure to inhaled allergens (like dust, pollen, cigarette smoke, pollution, and animal dander) or by exertion and stress. There is no cure for asthma, but for most people, the symptoms can be managed through a combination of long-term medication prevention strategies and short-term quick relievers. In some cases, however, asthma symptoms are severe enough to warrant hospitalization, and can result in death. In 2009, the CDC estimated that 17.5 million noninstitutionalized adults had been diagnosed with asthma nationwide.
NotesThe 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. Where the numerator is 49 or less, it has been rounded to 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 BRFSS guidelines, a minimum of 50 respondents must answer the question in order for it to be reported. Where the number of respondents is below 30, or the RSE is greater than 0.30, ** will appear in the table.
Data SourceCitation: Hawaii State Department of Health, Hawaii Health Data Warehouse, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, "[Chart Title, years]". Hawaii-IBIS [URL]. Published on [insert date]. Accessed on [Insert date].
Data Interpretation IssuesThe survey is conducted using scientific telephone survey methods. Both cell phones and land lines are included. Excluded are adults living in group quarters with a central phone system such as college dormitories, nursing homes, military barracks, and prisons. Results have been weighted to the adult population by age, gender, race, education, marital status, home ownership, telephone source (landline versus cell phone), and county of residence.
DefinitionPercent of adults 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.
NumeratorNumber of adults who have ever been told by a doctor, nurse or other health professional that they had asthma and still have asthma now.
DenominatorNumber of adults for whom asthma status can be determined (excludes unknowns and refusals).
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