Asthma in Australia 2008 

Table A1.1
Asthma definitions used in the National Health Survey and state surveys

Ever asthma

Current asthma

Survey(s)

Have you ever been told by a doctor or a nurse that you have asthma?

Do you still get asthma?

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) National Health Survey (2001 and 2004–05)

In the last 12 months, have you had symptoms of asthma?
In the last 12 months, have you taken treatment for asthma?

Western Australia Health and Wellbeing Surveillance System

Have you ever had asthma? Was your asthma confirmed by a doctor?

 

Do you still have asthma?

South Australian Omnibus Survey
WANTS Health and Wellbeing Survey

In the last 12 months, have you taken asthma medication that was prescribed or given to you by a doctor?
In the last 12 months have you had whistling or wheezing in the chest at any time?

South Australian Monitoring and Surveillance System

Have you ever been told by a doctor that you have asthma?

In the last 12 months, have you had asthma symptoms of asthma (coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness when you don’t have a cold or respiratory infection) or taken medications for asthma?

Victorian Child Health and Wellbeing Survey

Have you ever been told by a doctor or at a hospital that you have asthma?

Have you had symptoms of asthma or taken treatment for asthma in the last 12 months?

New South Wales Health Survey (child and adult)
Queensland Omnibus Survey

Notes: State surveys used computer-assisted telephone interviews (CATIs); WANTS = Western Australia, Northern Territory and South Australia.

 

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