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Ever given an asthma management plan

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For sample adults and sample children who still have asthma (ASTHMASTIL) or who had an asthma episode/attack in the past 12 months (ASTHATAKYR), ASTHPLAN indicates whether they had been given an asthma management plan by a doctor or other health professional.

Interviewers began this query by reading the statement, "An asthma management plan is a printed form that tells when to change the amount or type of medicine, when to call the doctor for advice, and when to go to the emergency room." They then asked, "Has a doctor or other health professional EVER given you an asthma management plan?" Interviewers were instructed to add, if necessary, "Include nurses and asthma educators."

The 2003 survey contained several other questions dealing with various aspects of asthma patient education. These covered whether persons with asthma had taken classes in asthma management (ASTHCLASS) and whether they had received professional advice on how to use an inhaler (ASTHINSHOW), on long-term asthma management (ASTHMANAGE), on recognizing early signs of an asthma episode (ASTHSIGNS), on responding to episodes of asthma (ASTHRESPOND), on monitoring peak flow for daily therapy (ASTHPEAK), and on changing things at home, school, or work to improve their asthma (ASTHCHEN).

For a full list of asthma-related variables currently in the IPUMS NHIS, see


There are no major comparability issues. For slight changes in question wording, see the Survey Text tab.


  • 2002-2003, 2008, 2013, 2018: Sample adults age 18+ and sample children under age 18 who still have asthma or who had an asthma attack/episode in the past 12 months.


  • 2002-2003, 2008, 2013, 2018