More women than men hospitalized for asthma
Thu Jun 22, 2006
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women are significantly more likely than men to go to the emergency department because of asthma-related symptoms and to be admitted to the hospital, a Canadian study shows.
It's not that women have more severe asthma, the researchers say. Rather, it seems that women perceive their asthma symptoms as worse than men do. Sex bias on the part of healthcare professionals may also factor in to the higher admission rates for an asthma attack among women.
More information on asthma
Sex differences in hospital admissions from emergency departments in asthmatic adults: a population-based study. A Baibergenova, L Thabane, N Akhtar-Danesh, M Levine, A Gafni, K Leeb. Annals of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology. 96(5):666-672, May 2006