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Trends and Characteristics of US Emergency Department Visits, 1997-2007

Trends and Characteristics of US Emergency Department Visits, 1997-2007 ORIGINAL CONTRIBUTION Trends and Characteristics of US Emergency Department Visits, 1997-2007 Ning Tang, MD Context The potential effects of increasing numbers of uninsured and underinsured persons on US emergency departments (EDs) is a concern for the health care safety John Stein, MD net. Renee Y. Hsia, MD, MSc Objective To describe the changes in ED visits that occurred from 1997 through 2007 Judith H. Maselli, MSPH in the adult and pediatric US populations by sociodemographic group, designation of Ralph Gonzales, MD, MSPH safety-net ED, and trends in ambulatory care–sensitive conditions. Design, Setting, and Participants Publicly available ED visit data from the Na- MERGENCY DEPARTMENTS (EDS) tional Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS) from 1997 through 2007 are unique portals for health were stratified by age, sex, race, ethnicity, insurance status, safety-net hospital clas- care in the United States be- sification, triage category, and disposition. Codes from the International Classifica- Ecause services are provided to tion of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9), were used to extract visits related to ambu- all persons regardless of insurance or latory care–sensitive conditions. Visit rates were calculated using annual US Census ability to pay. As such, the Institute of estimates. Medicine has labeled EDs as http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

Trends and Characteristics of US Emergency Department Visits, 1997-2007

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American Medical Association
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Copyright 2010 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
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0098-7484
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1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.2010.1112
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20699458
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Abstract

ORIGINAL CONTRIBUTION Trends and Characteristics of US Emergency Department Visits, 1997-2007 Ning Tang, MD Context The potential effects of increasing numbers of uninsured and underinsured persons on US emergency departments (EDs) is a concern for the health care safety John Stein, MD net. Renee Y. Hsia, MD, MSc Objective To describe the changes in ED visits that occurred from 1997 through 2007 Judith H. Maselli, MSPH in the adult and pediatric US populations by sociodemographic group, designation of Ralph Gonzales, MD, MSPH safety-net ED, and trends in ambulatory care–sensitive conditions. Design, Setting, and Participants Publicly available ED visit data from the Na- MERGENCY DEPARTMENTS (EDS) tional Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS) from 1997 through 2007 are unique portals for health were stratified by age, sex, race, ethnicity, insurance status, safety-net hospital clas- care in the United States be- sification, triage category, and disposition. Codes from the International Classifica- Ecause services are provided to tion of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9), were used to extract visits related to ambu- all persons regardless of insurance or latory care–sensitive conditions. Visit rates were calculated using annual US Census ability to pay. As such, the Institute of estimates. Medicine has labeled EDs as

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JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: Aug 11, 2010

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