What measurement means for asthma care in children

Asthma is a condition that causes the airways to swell, making it hard to breathe. It makes breathing difficult for nearly 23 million Americans, including seven million children. Asthma tends to run in families, so children whose parents have asthma are more likely to develop it themselves. The exact cause of asthma is unknown. Asthma is most likely caused by a combination of genetic (inherited) factors and environmental triggers (such as allergens and infections).  

The main goals of quality asthma care are to help control the symptoms, prevent asthma attacks and support parents and caregivers with information about how to manage their child's condition.

The statewide rate of recommended asthma care for children is 59%. This means 59 of 100 kids ages 5 to 17 with asthma received the care they needed to control their asthma.

High performance rates with the children's asthma measure can be a sign of strong clinical care for asthma. It’s important to know that small differences in percentages don’t necessarily reflect the quality of care you’ll receive with a certain medical group or clinic. It is more important to note the large differences between providers, and speak with your doctor if you have questions or concerns.

How we calculate the report

This report is based on information from patients who visited their doctor between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015. The measure includes data on three areas of asthma care:

  • Received recommended care to control their symptoms
  • Reported less than two hospitalizations or emergency department visits
  • Received information about asthma
Risk-adjusted measures

The information reported about this measure on MNHealthScores is risk-adjusted.

Risk adjustment is a way to make it easier to compare clinics or medical groups by accounting for the differences of specific patient groups. The process should separate the clinic/medical group’s true impact on patients’ health and allow them to be compared more easily.

MN Community Measurement uses an actual-to-expected process, which is also known as a methodology. This process does not change a clinic/medical group’s result; the actual rate remains the same. Instead, each clinic/medical group’s actual rate is compared to the rate that we expected to see, based on the different types of patient characteristics seen at that clinic/medical group.

More details about our risk adjustment methodology and the variables used for the measures reported on MNHealthScores.org can be found in the most current Health Care Quality Report.

Other related measures

MNHealthScores also reports on recommended care for adult asthma:

Asthma: Adult (18 to 50 years)