Journal article

Prevalence of asthma and allergic disorders in regional, rural, and indigenous children aged 6-8 years in Tasmania.

Heinrich C Weber, Eugene Haydn Walters, Mai Frandsen, Shyamali C Dharmage

Journal of Asthma | Published : 2019

Abstract

Objective: Asthma and allergic diseases are poorly described in rural areas. The objective of this study was, therefore, to determine the prevalence of wheezing, asthma, and other allergic disorders among children living in regional and rural Tasmania. Methodology: Data from a cross-sectional survey using standardized questionnaires of asthma, allergic conditions and food allergies were collected from 39 primary schools across North West Tasmania. We enrolled 1075 children between 6 and 8 years. The main outcomes were prevalences of wheezing, asthma, and other allergic disorders further stratified by sex and indigenous status. Results: Baseline characteristics were as follows: median age 8.1..

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