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November 1977

Inpatient Utilization of Short-Stay Hospitals by Diagnosis, United States, 1973

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in the Vital and Health Statistics series 13, No. 25, by the National Center for Health Statistics, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (DHEW) publication No. (HRA) 77-1776, 73 pp, Rockville, MD, Health Resources Administration, DHEW.

Arch Intern Med. 1977;137(11):1643. doi:10.1001/archinte.1977.03630230109036

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Abstract

This report from the National Center for Health Statistics presents estimates on diagnostic conditions for patients discharged from nonfederal, short-stay hospitals in 1973 (excluding newborn infants), based on data collected by the Hospital Discharge Survey.

A maximum of five diagnoses were coded, based on ICDA classifications, for each medical record selected in the national sample. First-listed and all-listed diagnoses are presented by age, sex, and color of patient, and by geographic region and size of hospitals from which patients were discharged. Data on first-listed diagnoses also reflect discharge rates and average lengths of stay; percent distributions are given for all-listed diagnoses. The number of inpatients with a single diagnosis or with the first of multiple diagnoses and their associated lengths of stay are shown; there is also a brief section devoted to 1973 fatality rates in nonfederal, short-stay hospitals.

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