By Age Group
The age-standardized emergency visit rate for asthma in Simcoe Muskoka for all ages and sexes in 2015 was 395 (377.8, 412.0) per 100,000 population, which was significantly higher than the Ontario rate of 310 (306.7, 312.6) per 100,000 population.
There was a significant downward trend in asthma emergency visits rates both in Simcoe Muskoka and Ontario as a whole over the thirteen year time period from 2003 to 2015, where rates decreased by an average of approximately five per cent per year.
In 2015, the age-standardized emergency visit rate for asthma among Simcoe Muskoka males was 355.6 (332.7, 378.4) per 100,000, which was significantly lower than the female rate of 431.8 (406.5, 457.2) per 100,000. The asthma related emergency visit rates in Simcoe Muskoka were significantly higher than the Ontario rates for both males and females.
Both males and females follow a significant downward trend in asthma related emergency visits from 2003 and 2015. The female rate for asthma emergency visits was significantly higher than the male rate for the entire thirteen-year time period.
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 2003 and 2015 (combined) in Simcoe Muskoka was highest for children between one and nine years of age with a rate of 1,362 (1,333.8, 1,390.2) visits per 100,000 population, this rate was more than double that of any other older age group for the same time period. The age-specific asthma emergency visit rate in Simcoe Muskoka was significantly higher than the Ontario rate for all age-group, with the exception of those 65 years of age and older.
For the time period from 2011 to 2015 (combined) in Simcoe Muskoka, emergency visits for Asthma was significantly lower among those living in the top 40 per cent of neighbourhood income distribution when compared with those living in the bottom 60%.