Uses and limitations of mortality and health care utilization statistics in asthma research

William M. Vollmer, Molly Osborne, A (Sonia) Buist

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Mortality and health care utilization (HCU) statistics for asthma reflect both the acute and chronic aspects of this condition. We present a conceptual model that incorporates this dichotomy and also distinguishes between measures of disease occurrence (e.g., incidence and prevalence) and measures of disease management. We also discuss the use of mortality and HCU statistics in the literature, review their limitations and advantages, and make a number of general recommendations for their use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Issue number2 II
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1994


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  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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