Reported asthma among Puerto Rican, Mexican-American, and Cuban children, 1982 through 1984

Am J Public Health. 1993 Apr;83(4):580-2. doi: 10.2105/ajph.83.4.580.

Abstract

Data from the Hispanic Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (HHANES) (1982 through 1984) and the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) II (1976 through 1980) were used to examine reported physician-diagnosed asthma among 6-month-old through 11-year-old children. The highest prevalence of active asthma was reported for Puerto Ricans: 11.2% compared with 3.3% for non-Hispanic Whites, 5.9% for non-Hispanic Blacks, 2.7% for Mexican Americans, and 5.2% for Cubans. Health services utilization and severity do not appear to explain the differences between Puerto Ricans and Mexican Americans. Educational programs on asthma should consider focusing on Puerto Ricans.

MeSH terms

  • Absenteeism
  • Activities of Daily Living
  • African Americans / statistics & numerical data
  • Age Factors
  • Asthma / drug therapy
  • Asthma / epidemiology*
  • Asthma / ethnology
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cuba / ethnology
  • European Continental Ancestry Group / statistics & numerical data
  • Health Education / standards
  • Health Surveys
  • Hispanic Americans / statistics & numerical data*
  • Hospitalization / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Length of Stay / statistics & numerical data
  • Mexican Americans / statistics & numerical data*
  • Prevalence
  • Puerto Rico / ethnology
  • Respiratory Function Tests
  • Risk Factors
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution / adverse effects
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution / statistics & numerical data
  • United States / epidemiology

Substances

  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution