Table 1.

Age and Sex Distribution of Children With and Without Asthma and the General Population*

CharacteristicChildren With AsthmaChildren Without AsthmaAll Children
m353168 28771 818
% Male58.350.751.0
% Female41.749.349.0
Age groups
 % 1–3 years16.315.715.7
 % 4–9 years35.733.433.9
 % 10–17 years48.050.550.4
  • * Subjects were aged 1 to 17 years, continuously enrolled in GHC in 1992, and had at least one health care visit or hospitalization in 1992. Asthma was defined as children with a diagnosis code for asthma during the year; nonasthma was defined as children without an asthma diagnosis.