Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Chronic Diseases

Asthma Hospitalizations

Overall
By Sex
By Age Group
By Income

Overall

The age-standardized hospitalization rate for asthma in Simcoe Muskoka for all ages and sexes in 2017 was 33.1 (28.3, 38.4) hospitalizations per 100,000 population, which was not significantly from the Ontario rate of 35.2 (34.2, 36.2) hospitalizations per 100,000 population.

There was a significant downward trend in the asthma hospitalization rates in both Simcoe Muskoka and Ontario as a whole over the 13-year period from 2005 to 2017 with the steepest drop in the rates occurring between 2005 and 2007.

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By Sex

In 2017, the age-standardized hospitalization rate for asthma among Simcoe Muskoka males was 31.9 (25.5, 39.5) hospitalizations per 100,000, which was not significantly different than the female rate of 34.1 (27.3, 42.0) hospitalizations per 100,000. These rates were not significantly different from the comparable Ontario rates for either males or females.

There was a sharp drop in the asthma hospitalization rates among Simcoe Muskoka males between 2005 and 2007. This was followed by a flattening of the trend from 2007 through to 2017. The asthma hospitalization rates among Simcoe Muskoka females declined steadily from 2005 to 2011, followed by a flattening of the trend from 2011 to 2017.

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By Age Group

Hospitalizations for asthma are most common among children under 10 years of age. The age-specific rate of asthma hospitalizations between 2013 and 2017 (combined) in Simcoe Muskoka was highest among children under 10 years of age at 159 (144.6, 174.8) hospitalizations per 100,000, which the same as the Ontario rate of 159 (155.8, 161.6) hospitalizations per 100,000 children.

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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 hospitalizations for asthma when compared with those living in areas with the lowest prevalence of low-income.

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