Pediatric asthma and academic performance


Parker, Wendy & Muzzy, Julia (2014). Pediatric asthma and academic performance. 2014 Add Health Users Conference. Bethesda, MD.


Pediatric asthma is a leading chronic condition in children in the U.S. today. Asthma is disproportionately prevalent among the poor and correlated with other markers of socioeconomic disadvantage. The costs of asthma are significant and estimated nationally at $14 billion in 2001 for physician office visits, emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and missed school or work days (National Asthma Survey, New York State Summary 2006). Human health and quality of life costs for children are also tremendous. Children with asthma may have to limit their exercise and outdoor activities, may miss more days of school, may visit the ED more often, and may be lethargic or unable to concentrate especially with uncontrolled asthma. Utilizing data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, the objective of this research is to discover whether there is a correlation between children's asthma and evidence of its control related to their academic performance during adolescence. Additionally we are interested in the role of parental education as it relates to the control of asthma and the influence on educational outcomes. We will look at self-reported asthma diagnosis, days missed in school, selfreported grades in school, failing grades or expulsion, and parental education. We expect to use these results to help build interventions targeting medication control in children with asthma.


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Conference proceeding

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2014 Add Health Users Conference


Parker, Wendy
Muzzy, Julia

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Bethesda, MD

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