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QuickStats: Percentage of Asian Adults* Reporting Fair or Poor Health, by Asian Subpopulation --- National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2004--2006§

Percentage of Asian Adults* Reporting Fair or Poor Health,
by Asian Subpopulation  National Health Interview Survey,
United States, 20042006

* Non-Hispanic Asians aged >18 years.

Based on response to the following question: "Would you say your health in general is excellent, very good, good, fair, or poor?" Health status data were obtained by asking respondents to assess their own health and that of other family members living in the same household.

§ Estimates are age adjusted using the projected 2000 U.S. population as the standard population and using four age groups: 18--24 years, 25--44 years, 45--64 years, and >65 years. Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian, noninstitutionalized U.S. population and are derived from the National Health Interview Survey sample adult component. Data were combined from 3 years of surveys to increase reliability of estimates in smaller subpopulations.

95% confidence interval.

** Includes Chinese, Filipino, Asian Indian, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Korean subpopulations; also includes Other Asian and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander subpopulations, which are not shown separately because of small sample sizes.

†† Among persons who reported a single Asian subpopulation.

During 2004--2006, approximately 9% of Asian adults reported being in fair or poor health, compared with higher rates among blacks (20%), American Indian/Alaska Natives (18%), Hispanics (17%), and whites (11%). Among Asian subpopulations, the percentage reporting fair or poor health ranged from 5% among Japanese adults to 19% among Vietnamese adults.

SOURCE: Barnes PM, Adams PF, Powell-Griner E. Health characteristics of the Asian adult population: United States, 2004--2006. Adv Data 2008;394. Available at

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Date last reviewed: 4/24/2008

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