University of Wisconsin–Madison Medical College of Wisconsin

Adult Asthma Control and Self-Management, Wisconsin 2012–2016

Grace M. Christensen, MPH; Carrie Tomasallo, PhD, MPH; Jon G. Meiman, MD

WMJ. 2019;118(4):187-190.

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Introduction: This report describes the current state of asthma control and management among adults in Wisconsin.

Methods: Data from the 2012-2016 Wisconsin Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Asthma Call-back Survey were analyzed. Asthma control, self-management, and work-related asthma were described using prevalence estimates.

Results: Among adults with asthma, 40.1% (95% CI, 35.7-44.5) were well-controlled, 36.7% (95% CI, 32.5-40.9) were not well-controlled, and 23.2% (95% CI, 19.5-26.9) were very poorly controlled. One third (35.1%, 95% CI, 30.8-39.4) of adults were given a written asthma action plan by their health care providers.

Discussion/Conclusion: Many adults did not have well-controlled asthma during the study period. Health care providers should consider providing additional self-management education to help patients manage their asthma symptoms.

Author Affiliations: Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Health, Madison, Wis (Christensen, Tomasalla, Meiman); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellowship (Christensen).
Corresponding Author: Jonathan Meiman, MD, 1 W Wilson St, Room 150, Madison, WI 53703; phone 608.266.1253; email
Funding/Support: This analysis was supported in part by an appointment to the Applied Epidemiology Fellowship Program administered by the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) and funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Cooperative Agreement Number 1U38OT000143-05.
Financial Disclosures: None declared.
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