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QuickStats: Percentage of Persons with Current Asthma* Who Reported Receiving an Asthma Management Plan from a Health Professional, by Race/Ethnicity and Age Group --- National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2008§

The figure shows the percentage of persons with current asthma who reported receiving an asthma management plan from a health professional, by race/ethnicity and age group, in the United States in 2008. Among persons with current asthma, 34.2% reported receiving an asthma management plan, which is below the Healthy People 2010 target of 40%. Non-Hispanic black persons were significantly more likely to receive a plan (44.0%) than non-Hispanic white (32.5%) or Mexican (28.8%) persons with asthma. Children aged <18 years (44.3%) were more likely to have a plan than adults (29.9%).

* Based on asking respondents whether they had ever been told by a health professional that they had asthma, and if so, whether they still had asthma. Adult respondents self reported, and a responsible adult reported for children aged <18 years.

Based on asking respondents whether a health professional had ever given them an asthma action plan (i.e., a printed form with specific instructions on when to change the amount or type of medication taken, when to call a doctor for advice, and when to go to the emergency department). Provision of written asthma plans to patients with asthma is recommended by the Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma (available at http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/asthma/asthgdln.htm).

§ Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized population. Denominators for each category exclude persons for whom data were missing.

95% confidence interval.

Among persons with current asthma, 34.2% reported receiving an asthma management plan, which is below the Healthy People 2010 target of 40%. Non-Hispanic black persons were significantly more likely to receive a plan (44.0%) than non-Hispanic white (32.5%) or Mexican (28.8%) persons with asthma. Children aged <18 years (44.3%) were more likely to have a plan than adults (29.9%).

Sources: National Health Interview Survey 2008 data. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm.

Akinbami LJ, Moorman JE, Liu X. Asthma prevalence, health care use, and mortality: United States, 2005--2009. National Health Statistics Reports; no 32. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics; 2011. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr032.pdf.

Alternate Text: The figure above shows the percentage of persons with current asthma who reported receiving an asthma management plan from a health professional, by race/ethnicity and age group, in the United States in 2008. Among persons with current asthma, 34.2% reported receiving an asthma management plan, which is below the Healthy People 2010 target of 40%. Non-Hispanic black persons were significantly more likely to receive a plan (44.0%) than non-Hispanic white (32.5%) or Mexican (28.8%) persons with asthma. Children aged <18 years (44.3%) were more likely to have a plan than adults (29.9%).



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