This study is an examination of the prevalence of asthma in adolescents, and it seeks to identify associations that may exist among individuals from different racial and socioeconomic backgrounds. The primary areas of focus were defined by the two research questions posed; these explored the differences among individuals in the study population who had a primary diagnosis of asthma and those who did not. The population consisted of children from birth to 17 years old treated in an emergency department during 2009. The National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey dataset from 2009 was used as the secondary data source for this retrospective study. After conducting a statistical analysis using a Chi-Squared test, it was determined that race has a statistically significant relationship to pediatric asthma. The factors for this correlation can be attributed to a number of theories that are discussed in detail throughout this research.
|Commitee:||O'Lawrence, Henry, Sinay, Tony|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Health Care Administration|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 52/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Public health, Health care management|
|Keywords:||Emergency department, Ethnic disparities, Pediatric asthma, Race, Socioeconomic background|
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