Figure 1.1. Children and All Ages: Twelve-month Asthma Prevalence 1980-1996, Lifetime Diagnosis and 12-month Attack Prevalence 1997-2004, and Current Prevalence 2001-2004

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Asthma prevalence among children rose markedly between 1980 and 1996, while their asthma attacks remained relatively constant since measured in 1997. Twelve-month asthma prevalence ("During the past 12 months did anyone in the family have asthma?") rose from around 40 per 1,000 children in 1980 to around 60 per 1,000 in 1996. Lifetime diagnosis ("Has a doctor or other health professional ever told you that you have asthma?") was roughly 120 per 1,000 children between 1997 and 2004. Twelve-month attack prevalence ("Has a doctor or other health professional ever told you that you have asthma?" and "During last 12 months have you had an episode of asthma or asthma attack?") was roughly 50 per 1,000 children from 1997 to 2004. Current prevalence ("Has a doctor or other health professional ever told you that you have asthma?" and "Do you still have asthma?") was roughly 80 per 1,000 children from 2001 to 2004.

All ages: Asthma prevalence rose steadily between 1980 and 1986, while asthma attacks remained stable since measured in 1997. Twelve-month asthma prevalence ("During the past 12 months did anyone in the family have asthma?") rose from roughly 35 per 1,000 people in1982 to around 55 per 1,000 in 1996. Lifetime diagnosis ("Has a doctor or other health professional ever told you that you have asthma?") was roughly 100 per1,000 people in 1997 and 2004. Twelve-month attack prevalence ("Has a doctor or other health professional ever told you that you have asthma?" and "During last 12 months have you had an episode of asthma or asthma attack?") was roughly 40 per 1,000 people between 1997 and 2004. Current prevalence ("Has a doctor or other health professional ever told you that you have asthma?" and "Do you still have asthma?") was roughly 70 per 1,000 people from 2001 to 2004.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Health Interview Survey.

Note: Twelve-month asthma prevalence for all ages was collected from 1982 to 1996, a shorter period than for children only.

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Internet Citation: Figure 1.1. Children and All Ages: Twelve-month Asthma Prevalence 1980-1996, Lifetime Diagnosis and 12-month Attack Prevalence 1997-2004, and Current Prevalence 2001-2004: Asthma Care Quality Improvement: A Resource Guide for State Action. September 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/quality-resources/tools/asthmaqual/asthmacare/figure1-1txt.html