Asthma-Driven ED Visit Rate

City of Rochester, New York (2013-2015)

Even more striking is the difference in the rate of asthma-driven emergency department (ED) visits among adults. Analysis of hospital data from 2013-2015 showed the rate within the Focus Area* (1,563) was 3.5 times the rate for the rest of the city (447). The much larger disparity in the ED visit rate (compared to the disparity in asthma prevalence), suggests that within the Focus Area, people with asthma are less able to manage their chronic illness.

*The Focus Area consists of eight high-poverty ZIP codes in the city of Rochester with particularly high concentration of African-Americans and Latinos. See a map of the Focus Area here.

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