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several considerations for whether our findings on asthma can be generalized to other
types of health conditions. In a related study (Miller, Gaboda and Davis, 2001; see slide
1), we found poor to moderate concurrence on 12 of 13 other chronic children’s health
conditions studied, ranging from chronic heart conditions and chronic orthopedic
conditions to delays in speech and problems with vision. This study used data for three
year-old children, hence patterns could be different for older children or for adults.
However, studies of adult health and of health during pregnancy have also found
inconsistencies between patient self-reports and medical records.
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