Asthma Dataenvironmental public health tracking


To determine trends and critical populations that have asthma

Key Information

The prevalence and healthcare usage of adults, children, and smokers with asthma.

Rhode Island Numbers

  • In 2012 about 112,000 Rhode Islanders had asthma.
  • Since 2005 the percentage of adults who said they had asthma is above the national average.
  • The percentage of children with asthma in Rhode Island is above the national average.

Lifetime asthma

reported ever being diagnosed with asthma by a physician.
Current asthma reported that they still have asthma

  • In 2012, there were about 1,300 hospitalizations in Rhode Island where asthma was the main reason for admission.
  • From 2001 to 2009 the rate of asthma hospitalizations slowly increased from 13 to 17 per 10,000 Rhode Islanders. More recent data has shown a downward trend, with a rate of 12 per 10,000 Rhode Islanders in 2012.
  • Since 2005, asthma-related emergency department rates have ranged from 60 to 68 emergency department visits per 10,000 individuals per year.


Age-adjusted to the year 2000 U.S. standard population.
First diagnosis

the principal or primary discharge diagnosis of asthma ICD-9-CM codes 493.00493.92.

Hospitalization Rates by Age/Ethnicity, 2010 - 2012

  • There are disparities in asthma hospitalization rates among racial and ethnic groups.
  • Non-Hispanic white children's hospitalization rates for asthma is 13.9 per 10,000 children compared to 38.1 per 10,000 Non-Hispanic black children in 2012.