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ICD Code: 493. Asthma

ICD Code: 493. Article Review
Title: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; "Self-Reported Asthma Prevalence and Control Among Adults---United States, 2001." Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report; V.52; No.17; 5/2/03; p381
      STUDY DESIGN: To provide prevalence data for state and local health department asthma programs, the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) collects data each year from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and three U.S. territories. BRFSS is a state-based, random-digit-dialed survey of the noninstitutionalized civilian U.S. population aged 18 and older; the survey collects information about modifiable risk factors for chronic diseases and other leading causes of death. This report summarizes asthma prevalence data for adults collected from the 2001 BRFSS survey. Additional information about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) National Asthma Control Program and its public and private partners is available at
      PREVALENCE AND IMPACT: In 2001, an estimated 31.3 million persons reported ever having asthma diagnosed, and 20.3 million persons currently had asthma. Each year, about 14 million days of school absences and about 100 million days of restricted activity are attributed to asthma.
      The overall prevalence of lifetime asthma among adults was 11.0%. During 2001, an estimated 15.1 million adults in the U.S. and the District of Columbia had current asthma. Current asthma was higher among persons who were multiple race/non-Hispanic (12.2%), followed by non-Hispanic blacks (8.5%), non-Hispanic whites (7.2%), other race/non-Hispanic (5.9%), and Hispanics (5.7%).

Search Criteria: Text - Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report; V.52; No.17; 5/2/03; p381