TABLE 1

Demographics and Asthma Characteristics of Children Hospitalized With Asthma by Weight Group (N = 510)

VariableTotal SampleUnderweightHealthy WeightOverweightObeseP
510100.0285.531461.66813.310019.6
n%n%n%n%n%
Demographics
 Age<.001*
  3–4 y11923.3932.18828.01319.199.0
  5–11 y29758.21967.917856.73957.46161.0
  12–17 y9418.400.04815.31623.53030.0
 Gender.500
  Female18937.173.712264.62513.23518.5
  Male32162.9216.519259.84313.46520.2
 Race or ethnicity.962a
  Caucasian9819.277.16162.21313.31717.3
  African American38775.9205.223861.55213.47719.9
  Asian30.600.0266.700.0133.3
  Other173.315.91164.7211.8317.6
  Unknown51.000.0240.0120.0240.0
 Insurance statusb.441a
  Government33966.5205.920761.14312.76920.4
  Commercial15029.474.79664.01912.72818.7
  Self-pay193.715.31052.6631.6210.5
  Missing20.400.0150.000.0150.0
Asthma characteristics
 LOS.055
  0–1 d26552.0145.317766.83312.54115.5
  ≥2 d24548.0145.713755.93514.35924.1
 PICU admission.179
  Yes11021.676.45953.61513.62926.4
  No40078.4215.325563.75313.37117.8
 Chronic asthma severityb.001*
  Intermittent8817.378.06068.21011.41112.5
  Mild persistent11422.4108.88271.965.31614.0
  Moderate persistent21141.494.312458.83215.24621.8
  Severe persistent8817.311.14652.31921.62225.0
  Missing91.8111.1222.2111.1555.6
VariableTotal SampleUnderweightHealthy WeightOverweightObeseP
MeanSDMeanSDMeanSDMeanSDMeanSD
Age, y8.43.86.52.57.83.69.53.910.13.7<.001*
  • * P < .05.

  • a Fisher’s exact test.

  • b Missing category excluded from analysis with weight group.