Asthma in Australia 2008 

Table 4.1
Comorbidities in people who died from asthma, by broad age group, 2001–2005

 

Proportion of asthma deaths (per cent)

Comorbidity

35 to 64 years

65 years and over

All ages

Influenza, pneumonia and other acute lower respiratory infections

10.3

36.2

26.2

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and bronchiectasis

8.8

10.8

9.3

Diabetes mellitus

7.8

9.9

8.5

Heart, stroke and vascular disease

15.4

39.0

29.4

Arthritis and osteoporosis

1.9

8.0

5.6

Mental and behavioural problems

1.9

2.3

2.0

Cancer

1.5

4.6

3.3

Notes

1. Results for people aged under 35 years are not presented because the number of deaths due to asthma with a comorbid condition listed was too small to produce a reliable estimate.

2. Associated causes of death are not mutually exclusive. Therefore, the columns for each age group can add up to more than 100%.

3. Asthma was classified according to International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10) codes J45 and J46. Comorbidities were classified as follows: Influenza and pneumonia (J0–J22); COPD and bronchiectasis (J40–J44, J47); diabetes mellitus (E10–E14); heart, stroke and vascular disease (I20–I25, I60–I69, I50, I70–I79); arthritis and osteoporosis (M00–M25, M80–M82); mental and behavioural disorders (F30–F39, F40–F48, F90–F98); and malignant neoplasms (i.e. cancer) (C00–C97).

Source: AIHW National Mortality Database.

 

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