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2003 National Healthcare Quality Report

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ED visits: Percent of patients who left without being seen.

Measure Source

National Center for Health Statistics.


3.6a Percent ED visits left before being seen, United States, 1999-2000.

3.6b Percent ED visits left before being seen, United States, 1998-1999.

3.6c Percent ED visits left before being seen, United States, 1997-1998.

Data Source

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


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.


Subset of denominator with a Visit Disposition of "Left before being seen" on the NHAMCS Emergency Department Patient Record Form.


The NHAMCS ED question is "Visit Disposition": 6. Left before being seen.

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