Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Chronic Diseases

Asthma Emergency Visits

Overall
By Sex
By Age Group
By Income

Overall

The age-standardized emergency visit rate for asthma in Simcoe Muskoka for all ages and sexes in 2017 was 375 (359.2, 392.2) visits per 100,000 population, which was significantly higher than the Ontario rate of 299 (296.6, 302.4) visits per 100,000 population.

There was a significant downward trend in the asthma emergency visits rates, both in Simcoe Muskoka and Ontario as a whole, over the 13-year time period from 2005 to 2017. The steepest decline in the rates occurred between 2005 and 2010, which was followed by a more moderate decrease from 2010 to 2017.

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By Sex

In 2017, the age-standardized emergency visit rate for asthma among Simcoe Muskoka males was 328 (306.3, 349.9) visits per 100,000, which was significantly lower than the female rate of 422 (397.7, 447.4) visits per 100,000. The asthma related emergency visit rates in Simcoe Muskoka were significantly higher than the comparable Ontario rates for both males and females.

The asthma emergency visit rates for both males and females in Simcoe Muskoka followed a significant downward trend from 2005 to 2017. The female rates have been significantly higher than the male rates for this entire period of time.

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By Age Group

Emergency visits for asthma are most common among children under 10 years of age. The age-specific rate of emergency visits related to asthma between 2013 and 2017 (combined) in Simcoe Muskoka was highest for children under ten years of age, with a rate of 965 (928.9, 1002.5) visits per 100,000 population. This rate was more than double that of any other age group over this same time period. The age-specific asthma emergency visit rates in Simcoe Muskoka were significantly higher than the Ontario rates for all age-groups under 65 years; however, the Ontario rate was significantly higher than the Simcoe Muskoka rate for older adults (65 years of age and older).

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By Income

For the time period from 2011 to 2016 (combined), Simcoe Muskoka residents living in areas with the highest prevalence of low-income had double the rate of asthma emergency visits when compared with those living in areas with the lowest prevalence of low-income.

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