About 1 in every 5 New York City adolescents has undiagnosed asthma, according to a recent study.

The study, led by principal investigator Jean-Marie Bruzzese, PhD, associate professor of Applied Developmental Psychology at Columbia University School of Nursing, sought to identify if individual and neighborhood factors are associated with having undiagnosed asthma among a large sample of adolescents in New York City.

Investigators collected data from secondary analysis of a study testing the effectiveness of a school-based intervention for high school students who had symptoms consistent with asthma, but no physician diagnosis. Students from 44 New York City public schools, aged 13-18 years old, completed the screening survey. Schools were selected to participate if the student body largely consisted of those at risk for developing asthma (low-income and minority students).

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