Table 93Discharges, days of care, and average length of stay in non-Federal short-stay hospitals, according to selected characteristics: United States, selected years 1980-2002
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Characteristic 1980 1 1985 1 1990 1995 1997 1998 2000 2 2001 2 2002 2
Discharges per 1,000 population
Total3173.4151.4125.2118.0116.1117.9113.3115.1117.3
Age
Under 18 years75.661.446.442.440.640.440.343.443.4
18–44 years155.3128.0102.791.486.088.884.987.390.3
45–54 years174.8146.8112.498.593.792.792.194.495.6
55–64 years215.4194.8163.3148.3149.1155.1141.5139.3146.5
65 years and over383.7369.8334.1347.7361.1365.3353.4354.3357.5
 65–74 years315.8297.2261.6260.0265.9267.6254.6256.1254.0
 75 years and over489.3475.6434.0459.1474.0477.4462.0460.0466.6
Sex3
Male153.2137.3113.0104.8103.0102.899.1100.0102.4
Female195.0167.3139.0131.7130.0133.3127.7130.6132.9
Geographic region3
Northeast162.0142.6133.2133.5125.5127.3127.5125.2123.5
Midwest192.1158.1128.8113.3115.5116.4110.9113.5113.6
South179.7155.5132.5125.2122.4126.4120.9126.3126.7
West150.5145.7100.796.797.997.189.488.899.7
Days of care per 1,000 population
Total31,297.0997.5818.9638.6595.2598.6557.7562.2570.9
Age
Under 18 years341.4281.2226.3184.7169.8182.4179.0192.5195.2
18–44 years818.6619.2467.7351.7317.4328.3309.4322.7333.9
45–54 years1,314.9967.8699.7516.2460.8452.9437.4455.4456.7
55–64 years1,889.41,436.91,172.3867.2821.4836.1729.1732.2752.2
65 years and over4,098.33,228.02,895.62,373.72,285.62,264.22,111.92,064.22,085.1
 65–74 years3,147.02,437.32,087.81,684.71,599.31,596.11,439.01,449.51,411.9
 75 years and over5,578.84,381.34,009.13,247.83,099.63,030.82,851.92,725.52,795.0
Sex3
Male1,239.7973.3805.8623.9573.8576.7535.9534.5549.5
Female1,365.21,033.1840.5654.9619.3622.9581.0591.9596.0
Geographic region3
Northeast1,400.61,113.01,026.7839.0739.2731.0718.6697.7690.0
Midwest1,484.81,078.6830.6590.9556.3552.5500.5491.6502.1
South1,262.3957.7820.4666.0629.5643.9592.5623.6618.6
West956.9824.7575.5451.1445.3450.4408.2408.3454.7
Average length of stay in days
Total37.56.66.55.45.15.14.94.94.9
Age
Under 18 years4.54.64.94.44.24.54.44.44.5
18–44 years5.34.84.63.83.73.73.63.73.7
45–54 years7.56.66.25.24.94.94.84.84.8
55–64 years8.87.47.25.85.55.45.25.35.1
65 years and over10.78.78.76.86.36.26.05.85.8
 65–74 years10.08.28.06.56.06.05.75.75.6
 75 years and over11.49.29.27.16.56.36.25.96.0
Sex3
Male8.17.17.16.05.65.65.45.35.4
Female7.06.26.05.04.84.74.64.54.5
Geographic region3Average length of stay in days
Northeast8.67.87.76.35.95.75.65.65.6
Midwest7.76.86.55.24.84.74.54.34.4
South7.06.26.25.35.15.14.94.94.9
West6.45.75.74.74.54.64.64.64.6
1

Comparisons of data from 1980–85 with data from later years should be made with caution as estimates of change may reflect improvements in the design rather than true changes in hospital use. See Appendix I, National Hospital Discharge Survey.

2

Rates for 2000 were computed using Census 2000 counts and rates for 2001 and beyond were computed using 2000-based postcensal estimates.

3

Estimates are age adjusted to the year 2000 standard population using six age groups: under 18 years, 18–44 years, 45–54 years, 55–64 years, 65–74 years, and 75 years and over. See Appendix II, Age adjustment.

NOTES: Some numbers in this table for 2000 and 2001 were revised and differ from previous editions of Health, United States. Rates are based on the civilian population as of July 1. Rates for 1990–99 use population estimates based on the 1990 census adjusted for net underenumeration using the 1990 National Population Adjustment Matrix from the U.S. Bureau of the Census. Rates for 1990–99 are not strictly comparable with rates for 2000 and beyond because population estimates for 1990–99 have not been revised to reflect Census 2000. See Appendix I, National Hospital Discharge Survey; Population Census and Population Estimates. Estimates of hospital utilization from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) and the National Hospital Discharge Survey (NHDS) may differ because NHIS data are based on household interviews of the civilian noninstitutionalized population, whereas NHDS data are based on hospital discharge records of all persons. See Appendix II, Hospital utilization. Data for additional years are available. See Appendix III.

SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Hospital Discharge Survey.

From: Trend Tables

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