Study finds prevalence of co-morbid chronic conditions among poor kids

A latest analysis of health of children has found an upsetting national trend in occurrence of co-morbid chronic conditions in poor children suffering from asthma, autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The number of children suffering from chronic health conditions has been surging. A number of children suffer from multiple chronic medical problems and the trend is more widely seen among children living in or near poverty.

The analysis was conducted by Christian D. Pulcini, MD, MEd, MPH, to assess the most common trends and co-morbidities for three widely found conditions asthma, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and autism. The research selected these three conditions because they have significant policy implications for pediatrics as well as government programs like the Supplemental Security Income program. The study findings were demonstrated at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2016 Meeting.

During the study, Pulcini and fellow researchers carried out secondary analyses of the National Survey of Children's Health for the years 2003, 2007 and 2011-12. After studying through the years and the sociodemographic characteristics, the researchers spotted trends in asthma, ADHD, and autism. They also studied co-morbidities’ trends among children suffering from any of the conditions.

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