Asthma Data


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.