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Table 5 Healthcare resources (Medication, diagnosis and hospitalization) for ‘Current asthma’ subjects(n = 450) and for total sample(n = 6003)

From: Prevalence of asthma in Portugal - The Portuguese National Asthma Survey

  Current asthma subjects, % (95%CI) Total sample, % (95%CI)
Hospitalization because of asthma 25.6 (20.4-31.5) 2.4 ( 1.9- 2.9)
Lung function tests 57.4 (50.9-63.7) 23.6 (22.2-25.2)
Allergy tests   
  Any allergic test 65.7 (59.5-71.5) 25.2 (23.7-26.8)
  Skin-prick test 55.2 (48.7-61.4) 17.9 (16.6-19.3)
  Blood test 46.7 (40.3-53.1) 16.0 (14.7-17.4)
Asthma medication   
  Any asthma medication 60.1 (53.5-66.2) 5.0 ( 4.2- 5.8)
  Inhaled Controller 35.2 (29.2-41.6) 2.9 ( 2.4- 3.6)
  Only inhaled Reliever 21.6 (16.7-27.5) 1.5 ( 1.1- 1.9)
  Nebulized aerosols 36.3 (30.2-42.9) 2.5 ( 2.0- 3.1)
   Nebulized aerosols without controller 17.6 (13.2-23.0) 1.2 ( 0.9- 1.6)
Antihistamine medication   
  Nasal spray 24.9 (19.8-30.7) 1.7 ( 1.3- 2.1)
  Oral medication 45.3 (39.1-51.8) 3.1 ( 2.6- 3.7)
  1. Includes the participants using nebulized aerosols but not inhaled controller medication.