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Procedures in U.S. Hospitals, 2003

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HCUP Fact Book No. 7

To help fulfill its mission of providing information on the U.S. health care system, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) develops and sponsors databases that include the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). Through HCUP, AHRQ has taken a lead in developing databases, software tools, and statistical reports to inform policymakers, health system leaders, and researchers at the Federal, regional, and State levels.

This Fact Book summarizes information about hospital procedures performed in U.S. community hospitals in 2003. Data are from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project's Nationwide Inpatient Sample, an all-payer hospital database maintained by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

This report updates an earlier Fact Book that described similar data for 1997.

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By Chaya T. Merrill, M.P.H.; Anne Elixhauser, Ph.D.


Executive Summary
Overview of Hospitals and Hospital Procedures in the United States
How Many Procedures Did Patients Receive Per Hospital Stay?
What Were the Most Common Procedures?
What Types of Procedures Did Patients Receive, by Body Systems?
What Were the Most Common Medical and Surgical Procedures for Various Age Groups?
How Did Procedures Received by Males and Females Compare?
What Share of the Nation's Hospitals Were High-volume Providers for Specific Procedures?
What Share of Patients Received Procedures in High-volume Hospitals?
What Procedures Were Associated with the Highest Hospital Charges?
Which Procedures Were Associated with the Longest Hospital Stays?
Who Was Billed for Hospital Care?
Which Procedures Were Associated with the Highest In-hospital Mortality?
How Did Selected Procedure-based Patient Safety Quality Indicators Change from 1997 to 2003?
Source of Data for This Report
For More Information
Appendix: 2002 Statistics on All-Listed Procedures in U.S. Hospitals

AHRQ Publication No. 06-0039
Current as of May 2006


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