Indicator Profile of Asthma Hospitalizations and Emergency Department Visits

Why Is This Important?

Asthma is a disease that affects the airways that carry oxygen in and out of the lungs. People with asthma can experience acute episodes where the small airways constrict. These episodes may result in symptoms such as shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, chest pain, and chest tightness.

Asthma episodes may be caused by a variety of factors: pollen, pet dander, mold, cockroach allergens, dust mites, tobacco smoke, air pollution, strenuous exercise, weather, and some foods and drugs.

Asthma is a chronic disease that cannot be cured, but it can be controlled with an effective medical management plan and avoidance of environmental or occupational triggers.

Hospitalizations Due to Asthma, Annual Age-Adjusted Rate in New Jersey by Year

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Data Notes

Rates are age-adjusted to the U.S. 2000 population.

Data Sources

Office of Health Care Quality and Assessment, New Jersey Department of Health;  United States Census Bureau; 

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Number or rate of hospitalizations or emergency room visits due to asthma in a geographic area in a time period (primary diagnosis of asthma, defined by ICD-9 code 493)

How We Calculated the Rates

Numerator: Number of hospitalizations or emergency room visits due to asthma occurring among residents of a geographic area in a time period
Denominator: For rates, estimated population of a geographic area in a time period (using mid-year population estimates)

Page Content Updated On 04/08/14, Published on 04/08/14
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Content updated: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 04:00:50 EDT