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 2016 was 27.6 (23.3, 32.5) hospitalizations per 100,000 population, which was significantly lower than the Ontario rate of 34.3 (33.4, 35.3) hospitalizations per 100,000 population.

There was a significant downward trend in the asthma hospitalization rates in both Simcoe Muskoka and Ontario over the 12-year period from 2005 to 2015 with the steepest drop in the rates occurring between 2005 and 2007; overall rates decreased on average by 10 per cent (-14.1%, -5.7%) per year in Simcoe Muskoka and 6 per cent (-8.7%, -3.9%) per year in Ontario.

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By Sex

In 2016, the age-standardized hospitalization rate for asthma among Simcoe Muskoka males was 26.2 (20.4, 33.2) hospitalizations per 100,000, which was not significantly different than the female rate of 28.6 (22.6, 35.9) 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 more gradual, but still significant, decreasing trend in the male rates from 2007 through to 2016. The asthma hospitalization rates among Simcoe Muskoka females declined steadily from 2005 to 2011, followed by a flattening of the trend from 2011 to 2016.

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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 2011 and 2016 (combined) in Simcoe Muskoka was highest among children under 10 years of age at 140 (127.5, 153.5) hospitalizations per 100,000, which was significantly lower than the Ontario rate of 161 (157.9, 163.3) 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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