Asthma in Australia 2008 

Table 8.3
Social component of quality of life, adults and children, Australia, 2002–2007

 

Results (rate; %)

Population/study

Response

With asthma

95% CI

Without asthma

95% CI

Days away from work, school or usual activities

Australia, 2004–05 (1)

Age 5 years and over

Any days away from work/ study in last 2 weeks (for any reason)

16.6

(n = 1,801)

14.4–18.8

10.7

(n = 14,772)

10.1–11.3

 

Any days away from work/school due to asthma in last 2 weeks

1.2

(n = 2,660)

0.7–1.6

. .

. .

Number of days asthma has made you so unwell that you could not work or study or manage your day-to-day activities in last 12 months

Queensland, 2006 (2)

Age 18 years and over

Less than once a week
1–2 times a week
3 or more times a week
Every day

97.0
2.3
0.7
0

(n = 382)

94.6–98.4
1.1–4.7
0.2–2.1
. .

. .
. .
. .
. .

. .
. .
. .
. .

Had any days lost from work in previous 12 months

South Australia (3)

Age 15 years and over

2003
2002
2001
2000

18.9
22.5
17.5
17.6

n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.

n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.

n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.

Asthma interfered with ability to study or work or manage your day-to day activities in last 12 months

Queensland, 2006 (2)

Age 18 years and over

Yes
No
Don’t know/refused

39.9
58.6
1.6

(n = 382)

34.7–45.2
53.2–63.8

. .
. .
. .

. .
. .
. .

Activity limitations

 

 

 

 

 

Australia, 2004–05 (1)

Age 5 years and over

Any other days of reduced activity in the last 2 weeks (other than days off work/school)

19.0

(n = 2,782)

17.2–20.8

10.0

(n = 23,124)

9.5–10.4

 

Any other days of reduced activity due to asthma in last 2 weeks (other than days off work/school)

1.9

(n = 2,660)

1.3–2.5

. .

. .

Level of interference with daily activities in the last 4 weeks

New South Wales, 2006 (4)

Age 16 years and over

 

None
A little bit
Moderately
Quite a lot
Extremely

82.4
5.4
6.4
3.6
2.2

(n = 893)

78.9–85.8
3.1–7.6
4.2–8.6
2.0–5.2
1.1–3.3

n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.

n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.

New South Wales, 2005 (5)

Age 16 years and over

 

None
A little bit
Moderately
Quite a lot
Extremely

85.1
4.7
4.8
3.9
1.5

(n = 1,301)

82.6–87.5
3.3–6.2
3.4–6.2
2.6–5.2
0.7–2.3

n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.

n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.

Totally unable to work or carry out normal duties because of health in the last 4 weeks

South Australia, 2006–07 (6)

Age 16 years and over

No

At least one day

 

75.8

24.2

(n = 764)

72.7–78.8

21.2–27.3

84.7

15.3

(n = 4,935)

83.7–85.7

14.3–16.3

Able to work and carry out your activities, but had to cut down what you did, or did not get as much done as usual because of your health in the last 4 weeks

South Australia, 2006–07 (6)

Age 16 years and over

No

At least one day

 

68.8

31.2

(n = 764)

65.4–72.0

28.0–34.6

77.8

22.2

(n = 4,935)

76.6–78.9

21.1–23.4

CHILDREN

 

 

 

 

 

During the last 4 weeks, did your asthma interfere with your ability to manage your day-to-day activities?

New South Wales, 2003–04 (7)

Age 2–15 years

None
A little bit
Moderately
Quite a lot
Extremely

66.9
13.9
12.4
4.9
2.0

59.0–74.8
7.8–20.0
6.9–17.8
1.5–8.2
0.0–4.4

. .
. .
. .
. .
. .

. .
. .
. .
. .
. .

How many days (other than holidays) child has been away from school for any reason in the previous month

South Australia, 2006–07 (6)

Age 5–15 years

None

At least one day

46.4

53.6

(n = 156)

38.8–54.2

45.8–61.2

54.1

45.9

(n = 858)

50.8–57.4

42.6–49.2

. . Not applicable

n.a. Not available

Note: The definitions for current asthma were: NSW Health Survey and Queensland Chronic Disease Survey: doctor diagnosis of asthma plus treatment or symptoms of asthma in the last 12 months; SA Omnibus Survey and National Health Survey: ‘yes’ to the question ‘Have you ever been diagnosed by a doctor with asthma?’ and ‘yes’ to ‘Do you still have/get asthma?’

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

 

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