AsthmaStats

AsthmaStats provides national and state level estimates among children and adults on asthma-related specific topics using data from National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) surveys, the Vital Statistics System, and the BRFSS Asthma Call-back Survey (ACBS).

New AsthmaStats
Line graph showing rate of physician office visits with first-listed diagnosis of asthma by year and age from 2010–2016
Asthma-related physician office visits 2010–2016

The rate* of physician office visits with a first-listed diagnosis of asthma among children (<18 years of age) declined from 2010 to 2016.

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.

Prior AsthmaStats

12/3/2019

Nearly half the people with current asthma had one or more asthma attacks in the past 12 months

11/27/2018

The rate of physician office visits with asthma as the first-listed diagnosis was 304.4 per 10,000 persons.

1/18/2018

More adults with asthma than adults without asthma reported having a flu vaccine.

3/23/2017

More adults with asthma than adults without asthma have fair or poor health.

11/29/2016

Children who have asthma use a hospital emergency department as their usual place for medical care more than other children.

10/5/2015

The percent of children with asthma who reported one or more missed school days in 2013 was significantly lower than in 2003.

2/17/2015

Asthma severity determines type and duration of treatment.

9/9/2014

Frequent use of quick-relief may indicate inadequate asthma control

8/9/2013

Obesity is associated significantly with the development of asthma, worsening asthma symptoms, and poor asthma control. This leads to increase medication use and hospitalizations.

1/31/2013

Nearly 17% of people without asthma smoke. But surprisingly, even more people with asthma smoke. About 21% of people with asthma smoke, even though cigarette smoke is known to trigger asthma attacks.

7/8/2019

More than 60% of adults with current asthma had uncontrolled asthma

6/28/2019

Fifty percent of children with current asthma had uncontrolled asthma.

4/24/2018

Asthma deaths have decreased over time and varied by demographic characteristics.

12/29/2017

Flu vaccination among children with asthma varied by age.

11/29/2016

Children with asthma were more likely than children without asthma to visit a health care provider(s) 3 or more times during the past 12 months.

11/29/2016

More children with asthma than children without asthma had health care coverage through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

2/17/2015

Asthma severity determines type and duration of treatment.

9/15/2014

Uncontrolled asthma is associated with decreased quality of life and increased health care system use.

9/9/2014

Using long-term control medications daily helps prevent symptoms.

5/3/2013

Insurance coverage reduces, but does not eliminate, cost barriers for asthma care.
Page last reviewed: April 20, 2020