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Most Frequent Conditions in U.S. Hospitals, 2011: Statistical Brief #162.

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Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Statistical Briefs [Internet]. Rockville (MD): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (US); 2006-.
2013 Sep.

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A patient can be admitted to the hospital with more than one medical condition. The principal diagnosis is the condition primarily responsible for the patient's admission. Hospitals need to know the most common principal diagnoses so that they can appropriately plan for and provide the resources required to treat patients with these more frequent conditions. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has provided an annual overview of national statistics on inpatient hospital stays, including principal diagnoses, since 2005. The statistics are based on data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). The results from 2005 through 2009 are presented in a series of HCUP Facts and Figures reports. The analysis of 2010 data on principal diagnoses was published in HCUP Statistical Brief #148, titled Most Frequent Conditions in U.S. Hospitals, 2010. The present Statistical Brief analyzes 2011 data on the most common principal diagnoses for all hospital stays in the United States and covers stays by age and primary payer. The change in the number of stays and the rates of hospitalization in the population between 1997 and 2011 are also presented for the most common conditions. All differences between estimates noted in the text are statistically significant at the .001 level or better.

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