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2003 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Percent of visits where antibiotic was prescribed for the diagnosis of a common cold, adults and children.

Measure Source

Healthy People 2010, measure 14-19 (modified age group).

Tables

1.81a Rate antibiotic prescribed at visit with diagnosis of common cold, by selected characteristics, United States, 1999-2000.

1.81b Rate antibiotic prescribed at visit with diagnosis of common cold, by selected characteristics, United States, 1998-1999.

1.81c Rate antibiotic prescribed at visit with diagnosis of common cold, by selected characteristics, United States, 1997-1998.

Data Source

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

Denominator

Number outpatient and emergency room visits.

Numerator

Number of antibiotic courses ordered, supplied, administered, or continued at a specific visit for persons diagnosed with the common cold (ICD-9-CM codes 460.0, 465, or 472.0).

Comments

With one exception (Expected Source of Payment), rates are calculated using US Census Bureau monthly postcensal estimates of the civilian noninstitutional population as of July 1, 1999 and July 1, 2000 and are available at the Census Bureau Internet site: http://www.census.gov/main/www/cen2000.html. Figures have been adjusted for net underenumeration using the 1990 National Population Adjustment Matrix.

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