Poverty Sta­tus In­flu­ences Trends of Chronic Med­i­cal Con­di­tions

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– Re­searchers from Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal of Pitts­burgh of UPMC have shown how poverty sta­tus in uences the preva­lence of three com­mon chronic med­i­cal con­di­tions: asthma, at­ten­tion de cit hy­per­ac­tiv­ity dis­or­der (ADHD) and autism spec­trum dis­or­der (ASD). Re­searchers an­a­lyzed data ob­tained by the Na­tional

Sur­vey of Chil­dren’s Health for the years 2003, 2007 and 2011-12. They identi ed trends of each con­di­tion and other chronic med­i­cal con­di­tions that chil­dren with these con­di­tions may have. Dur­ing the study’s time pe­riod, the life­time preva­lence of asthma rose 18 per­cent; ADHD rose by 44 per­cent; and ASD rose nearly 400 per­cent. For chil­dren with asthma, the rise was most prom­i­nent among the poor, at nearly 26 per­cent. The per­cent change by poverty sta­tus for ADHD was sim­i­lar, though the rise in ASD was not as­so­ci­ated with poverty sta­tus. It also was found that chil­dren with asthma and ADHD from im­pov­er­ished house­holds were more likely to have ad­di­tional chronic med­i­cal con­di­tions. “Our study em­pha­sizes the con­tin­ued need to in­ves­ti­gate the im­pact of poverty on child health, as well as con rms the need for in­creased aware­ness of the e ects of poverty on chil­dren to in­form child health pol­icy,” said Chris­tian Pul­cini, M.D., M.Ed., M.P.H., grad­u­ate med­i­cal res­i­dent at Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal and rst au­thor of the study.

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