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  • Publication # 13-RA004

The March 2014 issue of Research Activities was the last issue of the monthly newsletter. AHRQ is transitioning to a new quarterly thematic publication that will provide longer, more in-depth analyses of individual topics related to AHRQ’s four priority areas. This new publication will be available online  in the Fall.

Research Activities readers will still be able to access published studies by AHRQ and AHRQ-supported researchers on the AHRQ Research Studies Web page, which will be online later this Spring. Studies can be accessed by first author, publication date, and key word.

Thanks to all our readers over the years who have told us how much they have enjoyed the newsletter. We hope our new quarterly publication will be equally useful in learning more about AHRQ and the field of health services research!

For questions, please contact Research Activities managing editor, Gail Makulowich, at or at 301-427-1711.

AHRQ Stats: Adult asthma rates nearly doubled in past decade

Agency News and Notes

The number of U.S. adults treated for asthma nearly doubled between 1998–1999 and 2008–2009, from 5.5 million to 10.3 million, while asthma drug expenditures quadrupled from $2.5 billion to $10.2 billion. [Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, MEPS, Statistical Brief #374: Changes in Adult Asthma Medication Use and Expenditures, United States, 1998-1999 to 2008–2009 and Statistical Brief #378: Asthma Medication Use Among Adults With Reported Treatment for Asthma, United States, 1998–1999 and 2008–2009.

Page last reviewed January 2013
Internet Citation: AHRQ Stats: Adult asthma rates nearly doubled in past decade: Agency News and Notes. January 2013. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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