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Many patients who live in the community and need some degree of medical assistance may be unable to manage if their resources or services are depleted during a mass casualty event (MCE). Patients who are not directly affected by an MCE but who have daily medical needs, those who cannot manage their medical needs in a shelter, and those who do not have family caregivers are likely to seek care at hospitals that will already be burdened by caring for people directly affected by the MCE. This study investigates data sources to enumerate and estimate the number of people who, though not directly affected by an MCE, might seek hospital care during an MCE. The report summarizes findings about the availability of data to quantify the at-risk community population.
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Richard Zane, MD
Paul Biddinger, MD
2. Summary of Data Availability
Needs Subgroups and Data Sources
3. An Alternative Method for Estimating the At-Risk
Funding to support Data
Sources for the At-Risk Community-Dwelling Patient Population was provided
by an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality contract to Abt Associates
(contract no. 290-02-0600-011).
The authors of this report are
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an official position of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality or the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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AHRQ Publication No. 11-MO21-EF
Current as March 2011