Table 1

Numbers and percentages of deaths in England and Wales 1993–1999 where obstructive lung disease (OLD) or asthma is mentioned anywhere on the death certificate by age group

Age yrsAll deaths nDeaths with OLD mentioned n (% all deaths)Deaths with asthma mentioned
n (% all deaths)% of OLD mentioned
<12734956 (0.20)4 (0.01)7.1
1–1411841250 (2.11)182 (1.54)72.8
15–2422674386 (1.70)332 (1.46)86.0
25–3440179510 (1.27)397 (0.99)77.8
35–44666091025 (1.54)615 (0.92)60.0
45–541563564926 (3.15)1313 (0.84)26.7
55–6434285823414 (6.83)2762 (0.81)11.8
65–7485222191763 (10.77)5390 (0.63)5.9
75–841309155128856 (9.84)6587 (0.50)5.1
85+109873161478 (5.6)3628 (0.33)5.9
Total3927973312664 (7.96)21210 (0.54)6.8