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Figure 2. Geographic Variations in Preventable Hospitalizations for Acute Conditions and Birth Outcomes

Bar chart showing hospitalization rates for the south, midwest, and west relative to the northeast by acute conditions and birth outcomes. Go to Text Description below for details.

Figure 2. Geographic Variations in Preventable Hospitalizations for Acute Conditions and Birth Outcomes (Text Description)

Hospitalization Rates per 100,000 Population,a 2000, South, Midwest, and West Relative to Northeast

1.00 = Northeast (reference group)

Condition South Midwest West
Bacterial pneumonia 1.13* 1.01 0.80*
Dehydration 1.19* 0.96 0.76*
Urinary tract infections 1.36* 1.03 0.96
Perforated appendix 1.12* 1.13* 1.11*
Pediatric gastroenteritis 1.23 0.95 0.79
Low-weight births 1.10 1.00 0.87*

* = statistically different at p < 0.05 relative to the Northeast. Rates are adjusted by age and sex, using year 2000 as the standard population.
a Admission rate populations vary by type of condition. Bacterial pneumonia, dehydration, urinary tract infections, and perforated appendix include individuals of all ages; pediatric gastroenteritis includes children less than 18 years of age; low-weight births include neonates only.

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