The prevalence of asthma in Victorian adults

M. Abramson, J. Kutin, G. Bowes

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To determine the prevalence of asthma in Victorian adults, we carried out a cross‐sectional postal survey utilising a new screening questionnaire which gathered data on self reported respiratory symptoms, whether asthma had been diagnosed and, if so, how it had been treated. Questionnaires were returned by 2198 (72%) of 3095 adults selected randomly from the Victorian electoral roll, an adequate response rate. The reported prevalences of individual asthmatic symptoms in the last 12 months ranged from 8% for nocturnal wheeze to 22% for current wheeze. Thirteen per cent of respondents had ever had asthma, 7% had experienced an attack within the last 12 months and 6% were currently taking medication. The high prevalence of asthma revealed by our study has major implications for the planning of health services.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)358-363
Number of pages6
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Medicine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1992


  • Asthma
  • cross‐sectional study
  • questionnaire
  • reliability
  • validity.

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