TABLE 1

Patient Demographics and Baseline Asthma Characteristics

Entire Cohort, N = 975Normal Wt., n = 533Overweight or Obese, n = 442Pa
Patient demographics
 Age, yb7.64 ± 4.116.8 ± 4.08.6 ± 4.0<.01
 Boys537 (55)294 (55)243 (55).96
 Girls438 (45)239 (44.8)199 (45)
 Hispanic590 (60.5)324 (61)266 (60.2).95
 African American and/or non-Hispanic362 (37.1)192 (36)170 (38.5)
 Ethnicity declined23 (2.4)17 (3)6 (1.3)
 SES, z scoreb−4.3 ± 2.7−4.3 ± 2.7−4.3 ± 2.7.89
Measures of baseline asthma severity
 Intermittent146 (15)86 (16)60 (14).02
 Mild persistent262 (27)150 (28)112 (25)
 Moderate persistent256 (26)124 (23)132 (30)
 Severe persistent85 (9)38 (7)47 (11)
Unknown226 (23)135 (25)91 (20)
 No previous hospitalization298 (31)169 (32)129 (29)<.001
 1 previous hospitalization201 (21)131 (25)70 (16)
 2 or 3 previous hospitalizations179 (18)108 (20)71 (16)
 4 or more previous hospitalizations260 (27)106 (20)154 (35)
 Unknown previous hospitalizations37 (3)19 (3)18 (4)
 Controller medication use571 (59)293 (55)278 (63).01
 Inhaled corticosteroids546 (56)280 (53)266 (60).02
 Montelukast315 (32)143 (27)172 (39)<.01
Season at time of hospitalization
 Spring192 (19.69)113 (21.2)79 (17.9)<.01
 Summer154 (15.79)97 (18.2)57 (12.9)
 Fall190 (19.49)124 (23.3)66 (14.9)
 Winter439 (45.03)199 (37.3)240 (54.3)
  • a P value was derived by t test for continuous variables and by χ2 or Fisher’s exact test for categorical variables.

  • b These variables are reported as mean ± SD. All other variables are reported as a proportion of the cohort, n (%).