Journal article

INCREASE IN THE SELF-REPORTED PREVALENCE OF ASTHMA AND HAY-FEVER IN ADULTS OVER THE LAST GENERATION - A MATCHED PARENT-OFFSPRING STUDY

JL HOPPER, MA JENKINS, JB CARLIN, GG GILES

Australian Journal of Public Health | PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOC | Published : 1995

Abstract

The study compared current measures on a population-based cohort of adults with past measures on their parents to determine whether the prevalence of self-reported asthma and hay fever in adults increased between 1968 and the early 1990s. In 1968, 8585 cohort members (99 per cent of eligible Tasmanian 7-year-old school children born in 1961), 16,273 (95 per cent) of their parents (mean age 35 years) and 20,937 siblings completed a questionnaire about asthma and hay fever. In 1991-1993, 1494 members (75 per cent) of a stratified random sample of the cohort (aged 29 to 32 years), 75 per cent resident in Tasmania, were surveyed again. In 1968, the proportion of parents who reported having ever ..

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