Table 17_1_7-1

2010 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports

The National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) is a comprehensive national overview of quality of health care in the United States. It is organized around four dimensions of quality of care: effectiveness, patient safety, timeliness, and patient centeredness.

Table 17_1_7.1
Emergency department visits per 100 population,a United States, 2001-2008
   2007-20082006-20072005-20062004-20052003-20042001-20022000-20011999-2000
Population groupSample sizeNumber of visits (in thousands)RateSERateSERateSERateSERateSERateSERateSERateSE
Total 69,624240,56340.41.540.01.540.11.538.91.539.11.338.61.238.91.238.61.3
Age0-1715,36754,77237.12.236.11.937.61.938.32.338.41.937.32.037.21.736.91.8
18-4428,87798,16944.51.844.41.944.21.742.31.741.81.541.81.342.11.441.21.4
45-6415,02350,82733.11.333.21.332.51.130.61.130.71.030.11.030.21.030.41.0
65 and over10,35736,79650.11.948.51.948.11.746.51.748.31.747.81.548.41.848.91.9
GenderMale32,267110,37437.91.437.31.537.51.436.51.436.81.236.71.237.51.237.41.2
Female37,357130,19042.91.642.51.742.51.641.21.741.21.440.51.240.21.339.81.3
RacebWhite only48,830174,57636.71.736.02.236.51.536.01.636.21.335.91.2DNADNADNADNA
Black only17,06656,85575.84.977.36.774.54.269.03.969.13.567.03.5DNADNADNADNA
Asian only2,0304,68917.52.317.13.117.73.217.42.217.41.618.92.0DNADNADNADNA
NHOPI4561,07899.729.0DSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSU86.825.9DSUDSUDNADNADNADNA
AI/AN only5702,02734.310.2DSUDSU33.910.026.47.524.95.4DSUDSUDNADNADNADNA
Multiple racesDSUDSUDSUDSU7.22.18.42.07.82.05.51.23.80.6DNADNADNADNA
Location of hospitalMetropolitan60,685201,80940.41.940.51.940.71.839.61.939.01.639.41.4DNADNA36.01.4
Nonmetropolitan8,93938,75540.53.937.54.737.05.035.34.239.54.035.63.5DNADNA48.44.0

a Population used for rate calculation is U.S. Census Bureau estimated civilian noninstitutional population on July 1 each year.

b Race data had missing values each year. Approximately 15.5% of 2007-2008 visits had missing race data.� Missing race data were imputed, and standard errors were inflated as described in "2007 NAMCS Microdata File Documentation," ftp://ftp.cdc.gov/pub/Health_Statistics/NCHS/Dataset_Documentation/NAMCS/doc07.pdf.

DNA - Data have not been analyzed.

DSU - Data do not meet the criteria for statistical reliability, data quality, or confidentiality.

Key: AI/AN: American Indian or Alaska Native; NHOPI: Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; MSA: metropolitan statistical area; SE: standard error.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey.

 

Page last reviewed February 2011
Internet Citation: Table 17_1_7-1: 2010 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. February 2011. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/nhqrdr/nhqrdr10/17_utilization/T17_1_7-1.html