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Title: Parental numeracy and asthma exacerbations in Puerto Rican children.

Authors: Rosas-Salazar, Christian; Ramratnam, Sima K; Brehm, John M; Han, Yueh-Ying; Acosta-Pérez, Edna; Alvarez, María; Colón-Semidey, Angel; Canino, Glorisa; Apter, Andrea J; Celedón, Juan C

Published In Chest, (2013 Jul)

Abstract: Puerto Ricans share a disproportionate burden of childhood asthma in the United States. Little is known about the impact of low parental numeracy (a health literacy skill) on asthma morbidity in Puerto Rican children. Our objective was to examine whether low parental numeracy is associated with increased asthma morbidity in Puerto Rican children.This was a cross-sectional study of 351 children with asthma, aged 6 to 14 years, living in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Parents of study participants completed a modified version of the Asthma Numeracy Questionnaire. Multivariate linear or logistic regression was used to examine the relation between low parental numeracy (defined as no correct answers in the modified Asthma Numeracy Questionnaire) and indicators of asthma morbidity (severe asthma exacerbations, core measures of asthma exacerbations, and lung function measures). All multivariate models were adjusted for age, sex, household income, reported use of inhaled corticosteroids in the previous 6 months, and exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke.Low parental numeracy was associated with increased odds of visits to the ED or urgent care for asthma (adjusted OR [aOR]=1.7, 95% CI=1.03-2.7, P=.04). The association between low parental numeracy and hospitalizations for asthma was significant only among children not using inhaled corticosteroids (aOR=2.8, 95% CI=1.4-5.6, P=.004). There was no association between low parental numeracy and use of systemic steroids or lung function measures.Low parental numeracy is associated with increased asthma morbidity in Puerto Rican children.

PubMed ID: 23493983 Exiting the NIEHS site

MeSH Terms: Adolescent; Asthma/epidemiology*; Asthma/ethnology; Child; Cross-Sectional Studies; Female; Health Literacy*; Hispanic Americans*; Humans; Logistic Models; Male; Multivariate Analysis; Parents*; Prevalence; Puerto Rico/epidemiology; Surveys and Questionnaires

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