Prevalence of asthma among German adults: analysis of the German National Telephone Survey

Falk Hoffmann
Journal of Asthma 2007, 44 (6): 433-6

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to estimate the prevalence of asthma in German adults.

METHODS: This analysis used data of 8,318 German adults 18 years of age and older who had participated in the German National Telephone Survey, a nationally representative cross-sectional study.

RESULTS: The overall lifetime prevalence of asthma in German adults was 5.7%. It ranges between 4.3% in East and 6.0% in West Germany. Logistic regression analysis showed that asthma was associated with unemployment, younger age, and living in West Germany.

CONCLUSION: This study provides further evidence that differences exist in the prevalence of asthma between East and West Germany.

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