Asthma among homeless children in New York City: An update

Roy Grant, Shawn Bowen, Diane E. McLean, Douglas Berman, Karen Redlener, Irwin Redlener

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Homeless children in New York City had an extremely high asthma prevalence - 40% - in a cross-sectional study at 3 shelters (n = 740) during 1998 to 1999. We used the same protocol to summarize subsequent data through December 2002. Asthma prevalence was 33% (n = 1636); only 15% of the children previously diagnosed were taking an asthma controller medication. Emergency department use was 59%. These data were used to support a class action lawsuit that was resolved in favor of homeless children with asthma in New York City.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)448-450
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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