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released: 20 May 2010 author: Gall M media release

Over 92% of the 402 asthma deaths in 2006 were among people aged 45 years and over. Asthma in older Australians is distinct in many ways. The presence of comorbid conditions makes the management of asthma in older people more complex. The disease itself is also more persistent and severe than in the younger ages.

ISBN 978-1-74249-027-4; Cat. no. ACM 19; 40pp.; Internet only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary pages
    • Title & verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Summary  
  • Body section
    1. Introduction
      1. Background issues
        • Diagnosis
        • Management
      2. Asthma over the life course
      3. Monitoring asthma in older Australians
    2. Population statistics
      1. Age distribution
      2. Gender
      3. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
      4. Remoteness
      5. Socioeconomic status
    3. Asthma and the older person
      1. Disability and burden of disease
      2. Mortality
    4. Asthma and health service use
      1. General practice encounters
      2. Hospitalisations
        1. Trends in hospital separations for asthma
        2. Indigenous status
        3. Trends in the length of hospital stays
    5. Comorbidities at death in older people with asthma
      1. Comorbidities
      2. Trends in mortality and comorbidities
    6. Discussion
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      1. Further discussion of recent increases in deaths due to asthma
    • References
    • List of figures

Recommended citation

Gall M 2010. Asthma among older people in Australia. Asthma. Cat. no. ACM 19. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 24 July 2017 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442468362>.

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