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Asthma in the Elderly: A Texas Perspective FREE TO VIEW

Jay I. Peters, MD; S Bricker, MPH; H Sorenson, MA, RRT
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Univ of Tx Hlth Science Ctr @ S.A., San Antonio, TX


Chest. 2003;124(4_MeetingAbstracts):142S. doi:10.1378/chest.124.4_MeetingAbstracts.142S-a
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PURPOSE:  Review the prevalence, hospitalization rate, and mortality of asthma in the elderly within the state of Texas

METHODS:  Extraction of data from Texas Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics and Health Care Information Council, Hospital Inpatient Discharge Public Use Data File.

RESULTS:  The prevalence of current asthma in patients over 65 was 6.5% and similar to the entire population (6.2%) for the years 1999-2001. Self-reported asthma was 3.7% for Hispanic vs. 7.2% for Black vs. 7.4% for Whites. Hospitalizations were 90.4/100,000 for elderly asthmatics vs. 38.3/100,000 for the entire population. Hospitalizations were significantly higher for female and black patients. From 1980-2000, there were 5,386 deaths from asthma in Texas. The rate of asthma deaths (150/100,000/yr) and the rise in asthma deaths was greatest in the elderly.CONCLUSIONS: The morbidity and mortality rate in elderly asthmatics is significantly greater than in the general population.

CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS:  Prospective studies need to be conducted to identify the reasons why elderly patients have an increased morbidity and mortality from asthma.

DISCLOSURE:  J.I. Peters, None.

Wednesday, October 29, 2003

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM




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