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HCUP 2006 Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) is now available

Released every three years, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) featuring 2006 data is now available. The KID is the only dataset on hospital use, outcomes, and charges designed to study children, and includes all patients under age 21 regardless of payer (privately insured, Medicaid, uninsured). The data can be weighted to produce national estimates, allowing researchers and policymakers to use the KID to identify, track, and analyze national trends in pediatric health care issues on utilization, access, charges, quality, and outcomes.

Such topics include:

  • Rare conditions, such as congenital anomalies.
  • Common conditions, such as asthma.
  • Economic burden of pediatric conditions, such as adolescent pregnancy.
  • Access to services.
  • Quality of care and patient safety.
  • Impact of health policy changes.

Earlier KIDs exist for data years 1997, 2000, and 2003. As part of the HCUP database family, the KID is considered by health services researchers to be one of the most reliable and affordable databases for studying important pediatric health care topics. Please go to www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/kidoverview.jsp for additional information about the KID, including how to purchase the data.

Data from the 2006 KID can also be also accessed via HCUPnet at http://hcupnet.ahrq.gov/, the free online data query system.

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