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Asthma and the risk of hospitalization in Canada : the role of socioeconomic and demographic factors.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11243946     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
OBJECTIVE: Asthma is an important determinant of hospitalization. The study aims to examine the modifying effects of demographic and socioeconomic factors on the relationship between asthma and the overall number of hospitalizations. METHODS: We examined the data on 17,601 Canadians who were > or = 12 years of age to explore the combined effects of asthma and other factors on hospitalization within the context of a publicly funded health-care system. Asthma was determined by an affirmative response to the question: "Do you have asthma diagnosed by a health professional?" The subjects also were asked whether they had been an overnight patient in a hospital during the past 12 months. RESULTS: Asthma as a risk factor explained 3.7% of all hospitalizations of men and 2.4% of all hospitalizations of women. Overall, hospitalization was positively associated with female gender, old age, and low household income. The odds ratio for asthma as a risk factor for overall hospitalization (ie, hospitalization for any reason and all causes, not only for asthma) was greater for younger men than for older men, for less-educated women than for well-educated women, and for men with middle or high incomes than for men with low incomes. CONCLUSIONS: These results suggest that demographic and socioeconomic factors play a role in the relationship between asthma and the overall number of hospitalizations, with certain population subgroups being at greater risk of hospitalization in relation to asthma.
Authors:
Y Chen; R Dales; D Krewski
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Chest     Volume:  119     ISSN:  0012-3692     ISO Abbreviation:  Chest     Publication Date:  2001 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-03-13     Completed Date:  2001-04-19     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0231335     Medline TA:  Chest     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  708-13     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. chen@zeus.med.uottawa.ca
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adolescent
Adult
Age Factors
Aged
Asthma / epidemiology*
Canada / epidemiology
Educational Status
Female
Hospitalization / statistics & numerical data*
Humans
Income
Male
Middle Aged
Risk Factors
Sex Factors
Socioeconomic Factors

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