Asthma mortality in England and Wales: evidence for a further increase, 1974-84

Lancet. 1986 Aug 9;2(8502):323-6. doi: 10.1016/s0140-6736(86)90012-7.


The trend in asthma mortality has been estimated from published statistics for the years 1974-84, with account being taken of changes due to the revision of the International Classification of Diseases in 1979. Mortality rose annually by an average of 4.7% in the 5-34 year age-group (p less than 0.05), and the increased mortality since 1974 probably accounted for 408 excess deaths in the 5-64 year age-group between 1975 and 1984. No satisfactory explanation for this rise in mortality is likely until there is adequate monitoring of the prevalence and severity of asthma.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Asthma / mortality*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Death Certificates
  • England
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Regression Analysis
  • Sex Factors
  • Wales