Effects of birthplace, language and length of time in the U.S. on receipt of asthma management plans among U.S. adults with current asthma

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Approximately 7% of the adult population in the United States suffers from asthma and only 32% of those adults have an asthma management plan, which is an important component in asthma management. Racial/ethnic minorities have higher rates of asthma and lower rates of good asthma management. There is a lack of research in examining how foreign birth and other proxy measures of acculturation may affect long term management of asthma. Using data from both the 2002 and 2003 National Health Interview Survey, this secondary data analysis examined the relationship between the receipt of asthma management plans among 18-64 year old adult asthmatics by birthplace, length of time in the U.S., and language of interview. Hispanic/Latino participants who spoke English during the interview had a 3.43 times greater odds of having an asthma management plan when compared to those who spoke Spanish (95% CI: 1.97-5.98).