CDC Report: More Americans Living with Asthma but Effectively Managing the Disease

CDC has released an updated asthma surveillance report, National Surveillance of Asthma: United States, 2001–2010. The report provides new data and historical information on trends in asthma prevalence, health-care encounters (i.e., office visits, hospital outpatient visits, emergency department visits, and inpatient stays), and deaths from asthma. Compared with the three previous asthma surveillance reports, this update provides considerably more graphic representations. Data from tables included in the report can be used to create additional graphic representations for detailed demographic subgroups. This asthma surveillance report is a valuable tool for public health professionals, researchers, community leaders, health-care providers, and others interested in monitoring asthma trends, setting research priorities, and planning patient services. It provides recent estimates for asthma surveillance indicators that are consistent with those in previous reports.