Table 1.

Age standardised prevalences (numbers of participants) of respiratory illness in Renfrew and Paisley study during 1972–6 in parents aged 45–54 whose offspring subsequently participated during 1996, and in all other participants aged 45–54 in 1972–6 study

MenWomen
Family study fathers (n=737)All other participants (n=2994)Family study mothers (n=971)All other participants (n=3195)
Hay fever 5.4 (42)6.0 (181)5.8 (56)7.6 (243)
Asthma1.4 (13)2.7 (82)2.8 (27)3.3 (105)
Wheeze13.9 (109)15.6 (465)9.0 (88)11.8 (377)*
Chronic sputum23.9 (181)26.3 (787)13.4 (130)13.9 (445)
Breathlessness9.0 (67)10.5 (308)13.2 (128)15.6 (497)
  • Standardisation for age differences means that percentages differ from estimates based on raw numerators and denominators.

  • * P<0.05 for family study mothers versus all other female participants.