Hospitalization Rates for Asthma among 2 to 17 Year Olds, by Sex and Age Group, 2014 and 2015

* Data for Quebec were not available at the time of analysis

Data from custom runs from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Discharge Abstract Database (DAD)/ Hospital Morbidity Database (HMDB), January 2017

Asthma is one of the chronic ambulatory care sensitive conditions, meaning if timely primary care were available it could prevent the need for hospitalization.

In the combined years 2014/15 and 2015/16 the rate of hospitalization for asthma for all 2 to 17 year olds was 88.6 hospitalizations for every 100,000 children in the population.

The rate was higher for boys (106.7) than for girls (69.4).

Young children under five were at most risk – the hospitalization rate due to asthma among children 2 to 4 years was almost twice that of 5 to 9 year olds and was almost six times the rate among children 10 to 14 years of age.

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Survey data do not include First Nations children living on reserve. This may result in undercounting of children with inequities in access in some provinces/territories.