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2003 National Healthcare Quality Report

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ED visits: Percent of patients with waiting time to be seen by physician greater than or equal to one hour (presented separately for emergent, urgent, semi-urgent, and non-urgent visits).

Measure Source

National Center for Health Statistics.

Tables

3.5a Percent emergent/urgent ED visits with wait time to see a physician of one hour or greater, United States, 1999-2000.

3.5b Percent emergent/urgent ED visits with wait time to see a physician of one hour or greater, United States, 1998-1999.

3.5c Percent emergent/urgent ED visits with wait time to see a physician of one hour or greater, United States, 1997-1998.

3.5d Percent semi-urgent/non-urgent ED visits with wait time to see a physician of one hour or greater, United States, 1999-2000.

3.5e Percent semi-urgent/non-urgent ED visits with wait time to see a physician of one hour or greater, United States, 1998-1999.

3.5f Percent semi-urgent/non-urgent ED with wait time to see a physician of one hour or greater, United States, 1997-1998.

Data Source

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

Denominator

Visits to the Emergency Departments (ED) and outpatient departments of noninstitutional general and short-stay hospitals, exclusive of Federal, military, and Veterans Administration hospitals, located in the 50 States and the District of Columbia.

Numerator

Subset of denominator with wait time one hour or more for emergent/urgent care (table 3.5a-3.5c), or for semi-urgent or non-urgent care (table 3.5d-3.5f).

Comments

The NHAMCS ED question is "immediacy with which patient should be seen":

Unknown or triage (excluded from the analysis);

Less than 15 minutes (Emergent);

15-60 minutes (Urgent);

More than 1 hour to 2 hours (Semi-urgent);

More than 2 hours to 24 hours (Non-urgent).

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