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2005 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Emergency Department visits: Percent of ED visits where patients left before being seen

Measure Source

National Center for Health Statistics.


3.8 Emergency department visits in which the patient left without being seen, United States, 1997-1998 and 2001-2002.

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 the denominator with a visit disposition of "left before being seen" on the NHAMCS Emergency Department Patient Record Form.

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Composite measure: people's experiences with how well their doctors communicate. Emergency Department visits: Percent ED visits where patient was admitted to the hospital or transferred to other facility whose ED visit was greater than or equal to 6 hours.



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