Asthma in Australia 2008 

Table 8.1
Self-assessed health in people with and without current asthma, 2002–2007

 

 

Results (rate; %)

Population (study)

Response

With asthma

95% CI

Without asthma

95% CI

In general, would you say your health is: excellent, very good, good, fair or poor?

 

 

Australia,  2004–05 (1)

Age 15 years and over

 

Excellent
Very good
Good
Fair
Poor

11.2
 31.1
 30.3
 17.4
10.0

(n = 2,202)

9.6–12.7
28.7–33.5
27.9–32.7
15.5–19.4
8.5–11.5

22.1
 35.8
 27.5
 10.7
3.9

(n = 18,578)

21.4–22.8
35.0–36.6
26.7–28.3
10.2–11.2
3.6–4.2

New South Wales, 2005 (2)

Age 16 years and over

Excellent
Very good
Good
Fair
Poor
Very poor

12.5
 24.2
 30.8
 21.5
8.5
2.3

(n = 1,301)

10.0–15.1
20.9–27.5
27.2–34.4
18.4–24.6
6.6–10.5
1.4–3.1

22.4
 32.3
27.8
12.0
4.5
1.0

(n = 10,173)

21.2–23.5
31.0–33.5
26.6–29.0
11.2–12.8
4.0–5.1
0.7–1.2

New South Wales, 2003 (2)

Age 16 years and over

Excellent
Very good
Good
Fair
Poor
Very poor

14.6
25.9
30.1
19.4
7.5
2.5

(n = 1,524)

11.8–17.5

22.5–29.3

26.6–33.5

16.6–22.2

5.8–9.1

1.6–3.4

23.3
31.0
27.6
12.6
4.2
1.2

(n = 11,484)

22.2­–24.5

29.7–32.2

26.5–28.8
11.7–13.4

3.7–4.7

0.9–1.4

New South Wales, 2002 (2)

Age 16 years and over

Excellent
Very good
Good
Fair
Poor
Very poor

13.0
24.5
31.6
19.9
8.2
2.8

(n = 1,468)

10.4–15.5

21.2–27.8

28.0–35.3

16.8–23.1

6.4–9.9

1.9–3.7

24.5
30.0
27.8
12.3
4.0
1.3

(n = 11,154)

23.3–25.7

28.7–31.2

26.6–29.0

11.4–13.2

3.5–4.5

1.0–1.7

Victoria, 2006 (3)

Age 18 years and over

Excellent
Very good
Good
Fair
Poor

7.3
31.7
37.0
18.9
4.9

(n = 787)

4.7–10.0
26.7–36.8
32.2–41.9
15.2–22.5
3.0–6.8

13.3
35.2
37.1
11.2
3.1

(n = 6,713)

12.2–14.4
33.5–36.8
35.4–38.7
10.0–12.2
2.6–3.7

Queensland, 2006 (4)

Age 18 years and over

Excellent
Very good
Good
Fair
Poor
Don’t know

17.3
28.2
40.5
9.2
4.4
0.3

(n = 215)

11.7–24.9
22.0–35.5
33.1–48.4
5.9–14.2
1.8–10.2
0.1–2.4

17.4
44.5
28.7
8.2
1.3
0

(n = 1,305)

15.2–19.9
41.5–47.6
26.1–31.5
6.7–10.0
0.8–2.0
. .

Queensland, 2004 (4)

Age 18 years and over

Excellent
Very good
Good
Fair
Poor
Don’t know

10.4
34.2
33.6
15.5
5.4
0.9

(n = 336)

7.1–13.7
29.1–39.3
28.6–38.7
11.6–19.4
3.0–7.8
0–1.9

17.4
38.1
30.0
10.9
3.5
0

(n = 1,895)

15.7–19.1
35.9–40.3
27.9–32.1
9.5–12.3
2.7–4.3
..

Western Australia, 2006 (5)

Age 16 years and over

 

Excellent
Very good
Good
Fair
Poor

 16.0
 35.5
 30.0
 12.3
6.1

(n = 619)

10.8–23.2
29.7–41.8
24.9–35.7
9.2–16.4
3.4–10.8

19.7
42.5
27.8
8.0
2.1

(n = 5,313)

18.1–21.4
40.4–44.6
26.0–29.6
7.0–9.0
1.6–2.6

South Australia, 2006–07 (6)

Age 16 years and over

 

Excellent
Very good
Good
Fair
Poor

10.4
34.5
28.1
17.8
9.2

(n = 764)

8.4–12.7
31.2–38.0
25.1–31.4
15.2–20.67.4–11.5

19.4
41.0
24.4
12.0
3.2

(n = 4,935)

18.3–20.5
39.7–42.4
23.2–25.6
11.2–13.0
2.7–3.7

Overall, how would you rate your health during the past 4 weeks? Excellent, very good, good, fair, poor or very poor?

Victoria, 2006 (7)

Age 1 to under 13 years

Excellent/ very good
Good
Fair/poor

73.3
19.7
7.0

(n = 652)

69.2–77.4
16.0–17.4
4.7–9.3

90.6
8.2
1.2

(n = 3,933)

89.5–91.7
7.1–9.2
0.8–1.6

. . Not applicable

Notes: The definitions for current asthma were: NSW Health Survey, Queensland Omnibus Survey and WA Health and Wellbeing Surveillance System: doctor diagnosis of asthma plus treatment or symptoms of asthma in the last 12 months; Victorian Population Health Survey: doctor diagnosis of asthma plus symptoms of asthma in the last 12 months; National Health Survey: ‘yes’ to the question ‘Have you ever been diagnosed by a doctor with asthma?’ and ‘yes’ to ‘Do you still get asthma?’ CI = confidence interval.

Sources: (1) Australian Centre for Asthma Monitoring (ACAM) analysis of Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) National Health Survey 2004–05 confidentialised unit record files; (2) New South Wales Population Health Survey, Centre for Epidemiology and Research 2006; Centre for Epidemiology and Research (NSW Department of Health) 2003, 2004; (3) Department of Human Services, Victorian Population Health Survey 2006 (unpublished data); (4) Queensland Omnibus Survey 2006, 2004, unpublished data, Health Information Branch, Queensland Health; (5) Western Australia Health and Wellbeing Surveillance System unpublished data, 2007, Health Information Centre, Department of Health, Government of Western Australia; (6) South Australian Department of Health, South Australian Monitoring and Surveillance System (SAMSS, unpublished data); (7) Department of Human Services, 2006 Victorian Child Health and Wellbeing Survey (unpublished data).

 

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