Table 2.

A Comparison of Children Who Had Been Hospitalized for Asthma During the Previous 12 Months and/or Who Had Used β2-Agonist Medication Daily and Other Children With Asthma in Two East Harlem Elementary Schools

CharacteristicChildren Hospitalized in
Previous 12 Months and/or
Who Used β2-Agonist Daily
(n = 107)
Other Children
With Asthma
(n = 191)
P
Values
Puerto Rican48%46%.67
Black32%34%.52
Other20%20%.99
Male62%54%.20
Annual household income <$10 00047%46%.78
Three or more symptoms previous 12 mo62%36%.001
Stopped sports during previous mo60%28%.001
Absent from school during previous mo
because of asthma
68%50%.003
Cockroaches seen in home in past mo58%61%.58
Mice seen in home in past mo39%37%.66
Currently have smoker in the home48%39%.14
Use inhaled antiinflammatory medication
daily* previous 12 mo
39%14%.001
  • * Inhaled steroid or cromolyn/nedocromil.