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Eliminating Asthma Disparities Through Multistakeholder Partnerships

Carolyn M. Clancy, MD; James P. Kiley, PhD, MS; Kevin B. Weiss, MD
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Affiliations: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD,  National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD,  Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

Correspondence to: Kevin B. Weiss, MD, Institute for Healthcare Studies, Suite 200, 676 N St. Clair St, Chicago, IL 60611; e-mail: kevin.weiss@va.gov



Chest. 2007;132(5):1422-1424. doi:10.1378/chest.07-1947
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For years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has produced statistics on the burden of asthma in the United States. Much of the interest in these statistics has focused on the dramatic increase in asthma since the 1980s. However, a second and equally important finding has been the persistent gap between whites and nonwhites, with nonwhites being characterized has having higher asthma prevalence, hospitalization, and mortality rates.1 Recent reports23 have highlighted the lack of any substantive reduction in this gap and, disturbingly, the results show that for children this gap may be increasing.

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