Study: Asthma Symptom Prevalence for State Legislative Districts

In a study published in the December edition of the journal Health Services Research, researchers created prevalence estimates of asthma symptoms by California legislative district. The data sources used for this study were the 2001 California Health Interview Survey, the 2000 Census, and 2000 – 2002 March Current Population Surveys. Data analyses were conducted that looked at the probability of ever having an asthma diagnosis and symptoms within the past 12 months within an Assembly district. Findings showed that asthma symptom prevalence geographically varied by age within and across Assembly districts throughout California. The authors concluded that these data can become reference tools for advocates and policy makers currently addressing asthma and other public health concerns in the state. To view an abstract of the study, visit //www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1475-6773.2007.00793.x

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