Asthma, ADHD Top Chronic Health Conditions For Tri-State Children

Jun 22, 2018

According to a new study, asthma, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and anxiety are the most commonly diagnosed chronic conditions among children in the Greater Cincinnati region.

The 2017 Child Well-Being Survey is from Children's Hospital and Interact for Health.

Thirteen percent of the 2,757 adult caregivers surveyed say their child has been diagnosed with asthma. That's compared to the national average of 12 percent, according to the Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health.

Other Stats:

  • ADHD - 13 percent locally; 10 percent nationally
  • Anxiety - 12 percent locally; 8 percent nationally
  • Depression - 5 percent locally; 4 percent nationally
  • Diabetes - 1 percent locally; .4 percent nationally

Asthma rates were highest among African-American children. Rates were also higher in Hamilton County than in surrounding Tri-State counties.

Credit 2017 Child Well-Being Survey

Anxiety was found to be higher among children who's parents or guardians have fair or poor mental health. Children from families living below the Federal Poverty Line were more likely to have depression, and boys were more commonly diagnosed with ADHD than girls.

About The Survey

The 2017 Child Well-Being Survey is funded by Interact for Health and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, with support from the United Way of Greater Cincinnati. It was conducted March 5-Aug. 9, 2017, by the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Cincinnati. A random sample of 2,757 adult caregivers from a 22-county region in Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana was interviewed by telephone. This included 1,056 landline interviews and 1,701 cell phone interviews with cell phone users. In 95 of 100 cases, the estimates will be accurate to ± 1.9%. There are other sources of variation inherent in public opinion studies, such as non-response, question wording or context effects that can introduce error or bias.