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Asthma in Montana: The facts

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If you were wondering if asthma is an important health issue in Montana, the answer is YES!  The Burden of Asthma for Montana was published this year (2013) and released by the State.

Here are the stats:

  • 9.1 % of adults and 6.9% of children in Montana have asthma.
  • An estimated 84,000 people in Montana currently have asthma.
  • In half of the adults with asthma, their asthma is NOT controlled.
  • Asthma is more common in women than men.
  • Asthma is more common in overweight or obese individuals compared to normal weight.
  • About 27% of adults and 37% of children with asthma report missing at least 1 day of work or school per year.
  • About 60% of adults and children with asthma report limiting their activities because of their asthma.
  • Only 65% of adults with asthma report knowing the signs and symptoms of an asthma attack.
  • About 78% of adults have been taught how to respond to an attack
  • Only 25% of patients with asthma report having a written Asthma Action Plan to help make treatment decisions
  • About 10% of adults with asthma report being unable to see a doctor for their asthma due to cost.
  • Over 15% of adults with asthma report that they will not be able to fill an asthma medication prescription due to cost.
  • In a sample of children with uncontrolled asthma, only 10% were determined to have good inhaler technique.

The Cost of Uncontrolled Asthma in Montana

  • $5 million in 2010 for hospitalizations due to asthma
  • $900 is the average cost of an asthma emergency department visit.
  • Lost time from work and/or school: ??  (hard to put a price tag on time!)

The full report of the Burden of Asthma in Montana can be found at:

http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/asthma/documents/AsthmaBurdenreporttextfinal.pdf

If you have asthma, see us at Family Allergy & Asthma Care of Montana.  While there is currently no cure for asthma, it can be controlled.  Take control of your asthma!  We will be your partner and advocate.

This information is solely for informational purposes and not intended as a substitute for consultation with a medical professional.

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