Asthma Care Quality Improvement

Table E.13. Asthma Symptom-free Days: Average Number of Days Adults With Asthma Were Free of Asthma Symptoms in the Past 2 Weeks by States, DC and Territories, 2003

State All Adults P-value compared to national average P-value compared to top decile average Adults Age 18-64 Adults Age 65+
Sample Size % Standard Error Sample Size % Standard Error Sample Size % Standard Error
Total U.S. 7135 9.7 0.096     5858 9.9 0.104 1225 8.3 0.248
Top decile average 398 10.5 0.295 0.014   339 10.8 0.313 139 9.6 0.522
Bottom decile average 999 9.0 0.197     808 9.3 0.212 129 6.3 0.561
Alabama N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C
Alaska N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C
Arizona N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C
Arkansas N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C
California N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C
Colorado N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C
Connecticut 423 10.21 0.274 0.081 0.466 366 10.5 0.278 52 8.4 0.968
Delaware 314 10.11 0.359 0.323 0.351 262 10.4 0.368 N/S N/S N/S
District of Columbia 152 10.51 0.485 0.090 0.945 129 11.1 0.513 N/S N/S N/S
Florida N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C
Georgia 521 9.91 0.368 0.570 0.216 434 9.9 0.405 83 9.8 0.688
Hawaii 246 10.41 0.372 0.061 0.866 210 10.6 0.395 N/S N/S N/S
Idaho N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C
Illinois N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C
Indiana 441 9.13 0.287 0.046 0.001 368 9.2 0.304 72 8.1 0.798
Iowa 297 9.1 0.364 0.115 0.003 228 9.7 0.382 68 5.9 0.797
Kansas N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C
Kentucky N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C
Louisiana N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C
Maine N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C
Maryland 308 10.11 0.399 0.352 0.399 250 10.2 0.447 56 9.2 0.805
Massachusetts N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C
Michigan 318 9.3 0.323 0.182 0.004 254 9.6 0.349 61 6.7 0.790
Minnesota 257 9.81 0.356 0.755 0.139 212 10.0 0.385 N/S N/S N/S
Mississippi N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C
Missouri N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C
Montana N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C
Nebraska N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C
Nevada N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C
New Hampshire 418 10.01 0.264 0.288 0.205 352 10.4 0.270 58 7.7 0.842
New Jersey 757 10.31 0.205 0.015 0.487 605 10.6 0.216 141 8.6 0.592
New Mexico 363 9.71 0.357 0.894 0.067 293 9.9 0.389 70 8.2 0.870
New York N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C
North Carolina N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C
North Dakota N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C
Ohio N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C
Oklahoma 558 9.03 0.269 0.014 0.000 440 9.3 0.294 117 7.2 0.619
Oregon N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C
Pennsylvania N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C
Rhode Island N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C
South Carolina N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C
South Dakota N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C
Tennessee N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C
Texas 397 9.6 0.289 0.810 0.034 321 9.8 0.313 73 8.7 0.748
Utah 303 10.01 0.401 0.540 0.272 248 10.1 0.436 52 8.5 0.994
Vermont 327 9.71 0.321 0.960 0.061 282 9.6 0.343 N/S N/S N/S
Virginia 418 9.71 0.376 0.904 0.077 340 9.8 0.404 77 8.9 0.822
Washington N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C
West Virginia N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C
Wisconsin 317 9.91 0.364 0.610 0.194 264 10.1 0.386 52 8.9 0.941
Wyoming N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C
Guam N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C
Puerto Rico N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C
Virgin Islands N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C N/C

Source: Medstat calculations from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System 2003, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Notes: Estimates and standard errors have been weighted either to State or Nation as appropriate.

Symptoms of asthma include cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and phlegm production when you do not have a cold or respiratory infection.

Number of symptom-free days:

Symptoms Less than once a week = 13 Free Days
1 or 2 times per week = 11 Free Days
More than 2 Times per week = 6 Free Days
Everyday, not all the time = 0 Free Days
Everyday, all the time = 0 Free Days

Sample size varies across asthma measures because of varying applicability of questions to respondents and refusals.

N/C=Data Not Collected

N/S=Data Not Sufficient for Release (sample less than 50)

1 Indicates that the State estimate is not significantly different from the best in class average (P < 0.05).
2 Indicates that the State estimate is statistically better than the national average (P < 0.05).
3 Indicates that the State estimate is statistically worse than the national average (P < 0.05).

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