Study: Uncontrolled Asthma and Missed Work and School

In a UCLA Health Policy Research Brief released in July, researchers used data from the 2005 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) to examine the burden associated with frequent asthma symptoms among those with current asthma. Researchers also identified key opportunities for reducing and controlling disease activity in these asthma sufferers. Findings showed that California children missed 1.9 million days of school because of asthma and adult workers missed 2 million days of work. In addition, 475,000 children and adults in California went at least once to the emergency department or urgent care center because of asthma. Based on the findings, recommendations for reducing the burden of asthma in California include improving access to quality care and controlling environmental factors.

To view the complete Policy Research Brief, visit //www.healthpolicy.ucla.edu/pubs/files/Uncontrolled_Asthma_PB_0708.pdf.

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