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Table 1 Demographics of children and adults with asthma using 1999 MEPS data

From: Using the ecology model to describe the impact of asthma on patterns of health care

  Children ages 6 through 17 years Adults 18 through 45 years
  Asthma % No priority one conditions % P value* Asthma % No priority one conditions % P value*
Education       
<HS     18.9 17.3  
HS NA NA NA 49.3 52.4 N
>HS     32.8 30.3 S
Rural       
Non-MSA 18.1 19.3 NS 17.1 16.2 NS
Gender       NS
Male 6 94   2 98  
Female 4 96 0.09 5 95  
Race       
Black 7.9 92.3   3.6 96.4 NS
White 4.4 95.6 <0.001 2.6 97.4  
Ethnicity       
Hispanic 3.6 96.4   1.5 98.6 <0.001
Non-Hisp 5.2 94.8 0.05 3.0 97.0  
Income level       
Poor/Near 30.6 22.13 NS 20.1 13.5  
Low 18.2 15.9   8.1 13.6 0.03
Middle 26.1 31.9   32.7 32.8  
High 25.1 30.1   39.2 40.1  
USC       
Yes 95.7 88.2 <0.01 81.7 67.2 <0.001
Perceived Health Status       
Excellent 22.2 55.4   11.1 40.2 <0.01
Good/very 62.3 53.0   70.2 56.2  
Poor/Fair 15.5 1.6 <0.01 18.7 3.6  
Insurance       
Private 65.0 73.4   75.7 76.6  
Public 28.5 17.3 0.01 11.5 5.7 0.01
No 6.5 9.3   12.8 17.7  
  1. *p-value for comparison of those with self-reported asthma compared to those with no priority conditions
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