ADHD, asthma rates significantly higher among impoverished children

Parent-reported lifetime prevalence and comorbidity of asthma, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and autism spectrum disorder in children were differentially influenced by poverty status, according to recent study findings.

“The well-established relationship between childhood poverty and greater risk for chronic conditions may place children living in low-income families in double jeopardy for greater need of care and poorer access to care,” Christian D. Pulcini, MD, Med, MPH, and colleagues wrote. “This rise in disease risk is coupled with an overall increase in childhood poverty within this time period.”

 To describe the percent increases in both prevalence and comorbidity of the three conditions and how poverty affects the increases, the researchers examined to what extent poverty acts as a predictor in “higher than average comorbid conditions.” They began by conducting secondary analyses of the National Survey of Children’s Health taken in 2003, 2007 and 2011-2012.

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