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2004 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Table 3.8: Emergency department visits in which the patient left without being seen, United States, 1997-1998 and 2000-2001

  2000-2001   1997-1998  
Population group Number Percent Standard error Number Percent Standard error
             
Total 983 1.607 0.121 564 1.21 0.10
             
Age            
    0-17 232 1.745 0.190 123 1.05 0.13
    18-44 557 2.024 0.171 327 1.62 0.16
    45-64 139 1.236 0.157 94 1.15 0.18
    65 and over 55 0.620 0.119 DSU DSU DSU
             
Racea            
    White 632 1.371 0.106 333 0.99 0.09
    Black 314 2.397 0.311 218 2.06 0.25
    Asian DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
    American Indian/Alaska Native DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
    Multiple race DSU DSU DSU NA NA NA
             
Gender            
    Male 465 1.692 0.135 283 1.24 0.13
    Female 518 1.532 0.146 281 1.19 0.11
             
Payment source            
    Private 295 1.052 9.741 172 0.90 0.10
    Medicare 63 0.668 0.116 28 DSU DSU
    Medicaid 209 1.896 0.249 135 1.58 0.20
    Uninsured 271 2.928 0.301 170 1.98 0.22
    Unknown 145 3.589 0.564 59 2.04 0.39
             
Location            
    MSA 914 1.753 0.145 522 1.39 0.12
    Non-MSA 69 1.043 0.179 42 0.65 0.13
             

1) The NHAMCS ED question is "Visit Disposition".

2) For all variables in this table, N is the unweighted number of visits. This number should be used only for the purpose of determining whether the statistic meets the standard of reliability or precision.

3) Percentages presented in this table are based on the total number of visits for the variable of interest. For example, Total percent is the percent of all ED visits where the patient left before being seen. All percentages are calculated using weighted numbers.

a Race excludes multiple race category in 1997-1998 data.

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

NA - Not applicable.

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

 

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