Asthma hospitalization trends in Charleston, South Carolina, 1956 to 1997: twenty-fold increase among black children during a 30-year period

Asthma hospitalization trends in Charleston, South Carolina, 1956 to 1997: twenty-fold increase among black children during a 30-year period – Statistical Data Included

Dana D. Crater

Objective. The increase in asthma prevalence has been documented worldwide, affecting many races living in many different climates. Multiple studies have demonstrated that the most striking prevalence and morbidity of asthma in the United States has been in black children, but little research has determined the scale of the increase, or specifically when the disease became severe in this group. This study sought to determine exactly when the rise in asthma hospitalizations among black patients began and what the pattern of asthma hospitalizations has been in different races and age groups over a 40-year period in 1 urban area.

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