4727.0.55.002 - Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey: Users' Guide, 2012-13
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All respondents were asked whether they had ever been told by a doctor or nurse that they have asthma. Non-remote respondents who answered yes were then asked whether they had symptoms of asthma or had taken treatment for asthma in the last 12 months. Both remote and non-remote respondents who had been told they have asthma were asked if they still get asthma, and if so, had they taken any medicine or tablets, or used a puffer for treatment in the last 2 weeks (excluding vitamins or herbal medicines). Non-remote respondents who identified as having been told they have asthma and who still get asthma were asked:
The data items and related output categories for this topic are available in Excel spreadsheet format from the Downloads page of this product.
Points to be considered in interpreting this topic include:
Comparability with 2004-05 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (NATSIHS)
Results from the 2004-05 NATSIHS are considered comparable with the data collected in the 2012-13 survey.
Comparability with 2008 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS)
Asthma information was not collected in the 2008 NATSISS, therefore no comparisons can be made.
Comparability with 2011-12 National Health Survey (NHS)
Results from the 2012-13 NATSIHS are not considered comparable with the 2011-12 NHS due to a difference in the definition of having asthma between the two surveys. NATSIHS defines having asthma from the question 'do you still get asthma', while NHS defines having asthma from the question 'have you had any symptoms of asthma or taken treatment for asthma in the last 12 months'. As only non-remote respondents are asked the question about symptoms or treatment, only non-remote can be directly compared to NHS and only if the data item from this question is used instead of the asthma ICD-10 code from the condition level. However, the definition causes minimal difference in the results for non-remote and therefore it can be assume that comparisons between NATSIHS and NHS may still be made as long as the definition of having asthma for each survey is acknowledged.