Asthma-related physician office visits
The rate of physician office visits with asthma as the first-listed diagnosis was 304.4 per 10,000 persons.
Physician office visits are an important part of asthma care. The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program’s expert panel recommends visits to a clinician about every six months for patients whose asthma is under control and more often for patients whose asthma is uncontrolled or has severe persistent asthma¶.
In 2015, about 6.2% of all physician office visits were asthma-related and approximately 9.6 million physician office visits with asthma as the first-listed diagnosis (304.4 per 10,000) were reported. The rate of physician office visits was 391 per 10,000 persons among children and 278 per 10,000 persons among adults. Although physician office visits varied by the demographic characteristics, the only statistically significantly difference was between the rates for children and adults and for the 5–17 and 18–34 age groups. No statistically significant differences were noted when US census regions and MSA status were compared.
CDC’s National Asthma Control Program (NACP) was created in 1999 to help the millions of people with asthma in the United States gain control over their disease. The NACP conducts national asthma surveillance and funds states to help them improve their asthma surveillance and to focus efforts and resources where they are needed.
|Characteristics||2015 Physician Office Visits|
|Weighted No. of Visits||Standard Error of Weighted No. of visits||Rate* (SE)|
|Hispanic or Latino||1,556,828||537,483||278.3 (96.1)|
|Not Hispanic or Latino||8,071,727||1,924,367||310.0 (73.9)|
|5–17 years||2,177,473||643,529||406.2 (120.1)|
|18–34 years||1,098,103||342,711||149.2 (46.8)|
|35–64 years||4,044,788||1,332,804||322.7 (106.3)|
|65+ years||1,471,227||501,810||316.6 (108.0)|
|U.S. Census Region|
Abbreviations: MSA, Metropolitan Statistical Area; SE, standard error.
Note: Child, persons aged 17 years and younger; Adult, persons 18 years and older
* Crude rate per 10,000 and SE, standard error.
† Estimate is suppressed because relative SE of the estimate is >30%.