Asthma in Minority Populations

  • Alexander N. Ortega
  • Daphne Koinis-Mitchell
  • Peter J. Gergen


This chapter presents information on asthma in the minority population in the United States. The asthma literature is vast with over 4,000 new studies being added each year. Despite this impressive number of publications, the asthma literature on ethnic and racial minorities is sufficient enough only to discuss the black and Latino experiences. Furthermore, most asthma studies include children, since asthma is the most common childhood chronic disease. Thus, we focus most of our review on asthma in children. The observations for minority children and adults are similar. In brief, Latino and black children and adults have higher prevalence rates of asthma, have a higher likelihood of being hospitalized for asthma, have asthma symptoms that are poorly controlled and managed, and have higher asthma-related mortality rates than their white counterparts (Canino et al. 2006; Hunninghake et al. 2006; Mannnino et al. 1998; Ortega and Calderon 2000; Rhodes et al. 2003; Shapiro and Stout 2002).


Parental Stress Minority Population Asthma Management Asthma Medication Latino Youth 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexander N. Ortega
    • 1
  • Daphne Koinis-Mitchell
  • Peter J. Gergen
  1. 1.School of Public Health and Institute for Social ResearchUniversity of California Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

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