Texas Asthma Burden Report 2010* (PDF, 1.22 MB)
The Burden of Asthma in Texas: A Report from Texas Asthma Control Program, 2009* ( PDF, 5.3 MB)
Texas Asthma Plan: A Strategic Plan for Breathing Easier, 2011-2014*(PDF, 581 KB)
Texas Asthma Plan: A Strategic Plan to Address Asthma Activities in Texas, 3rd Edition, 2007-2010* ( PDF, 4.39 MB)
*Publication was made possible by the Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas Asthma Control Program, through funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Environment Health, Air Pollution and Respiratory Health Branch.
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute National Asthma Education and Prevention Program: Expert Panel Reports Three, 2007
Ethnic Disparities in the Burden and Treatment of Asthma
Sources of Data
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is a population-based, random-digit dialed telephone survey of civilian, non-institutionalized adults, aged 18 years and older. The survey is coordinated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC) and is conducted annually by all 50 US states, three territories, and the District of Columbia. Since 1999, the BRFSS has included questions related to asthma. The BRFSS includes questions on health and behavior risk factors such as safety belt use, diet, weight control, asthma, alcohol use, physical exercise, and preventive health screenings.
A core set of questions, which has included adult asthma prevalence, is asked annually. Additional questions on asthma are asked in optional sections on adult asthma history and childhood asthma. The data are weighted to more accurately reflect the population by accounting for age, gender, and probability of selection. The Texas Asthma Burden Report contains data on asthma prevalence and asthma management from the 2000-2005 Texas BRFSS. Texas and national data can be accessed on-line at: http://www.cdc.gov/brfss/. Additional information on the BRFSS is available from the Texas Bureau of Health Statistics and Data Management at:http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/chs/brfss/default.shtm
Hospitalization Discharge Data
Data on hospitalizations for asthma are available from the Texas Health Care Information Collection, Inpatient Hospital Discharge Public Use Data File. An asthma hospitalization was defined as all non-maternal, non-neonatal, and non-transfer hospital records listing asthma as the primary diagnosis using ICD-9-CM Code: 493.0-493.9. The Texas Asthma Burden Report contains data on asthma hospitalization from the 1999-2004 Texas Inpatient Discharge Public Use Data File. Additional information and data is available from the Texas Health Care Information Council at: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/thcic/DataAndReports.shtm.
Mortality data are obtained from the Texas Vital Statistics Unit. An asthma death is defined as any death for which asthma was listed as the underlying cause. For years prior, cause of death was coded according the Ninth Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-9). Deaths with a diagnosis code of 493.0 to 493.9 were classified as asthma deaths. The Tenth Revision (ICD-10) was implemented for years 1999 and onward. Asthma deaths were identified as deaths with a diagnosis code of J-45 or J-46. ICD-10 represents a substantial change from the ICD-9, therefore, mortality statistics for years 1999 and onward are provided separately. The data from 1999 and later cannot be directly compared with the data from previous years due to coding changes. The Texas Asthma Burden Report contains data on asthma death from the 1995-2005 Texas Vital Statistics. Iinformation and data is available from the Texas Vital Statistics Unit at: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/vs/default.shtm.