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2005 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Visit rates where antibiotics were prescribed for a diagnosis of common cold per 10,000 population

Measure Source

Healthy People 2010, measure 14-19 (modified age group).


1.99 Rate antibiotics prescribed at visits with a diagnosis of common cold per 10,000 population, United States, 2000-2001 and 2001-2002.

Data Source

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


Number of hospital-based and office-based outpatient visits.


Number of antibiotic courses ordered, supplied, administered, or continued at a specific visit for persons diagnosed with the common cold (ICD-9-CM codes 460.0, 465, or 472.0).


Race categories were changed in 2001-2002 data.

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Percent of people with persistent asthma who are prescribed medications acceptable as primary therapy for long-term control of asthma (inhaled corticosteroids). Recommended hospital care received by Medicare patients with pneumonia.



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