The prevalence of asthma in Victorian adults

Aust N Z J Med. 1992 Aug;22(4):358-63. doi: 10.1111/j.1445-5994.1992.tb02148.x.


To determine the prevalence of asthma in Victorian adults, we carried out a cross-sectional postal survey utilising a new screening questionnaire which gathered data on self reported respiratory symptoms, whether asthma had been diagnosed and, if so, how it had been treated. Questionnaires were returned by 2198 (72%) of 3095 adults selected randomly from the Victorian electoral roll, an adequate response rate. The reported prevalences of individual asthmatic symptoms in the last 12 months ranged from 8% for nocturnal wheeze to 22% for current wheeze. Thirteen per cent of respondents had ever had asthma, 7% had experienced an attack within the last 12 months and 6% were currently taking medication. The high prevalence of asthma revealed by our study has major implications for the planning of health services.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Asthma / epidemiology*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mass Screening
  • Middle Aged
  • Prevalence
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Statistics as Topic
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Victoria / epidemiology