Table 94Home health care patients, according to age, sex, and diagnosis: United States, selected years 1992–2000
[Data are based on a survey of current home health care patients]
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Age, sex, and diagnosis 1992 1994 1996 1998 2000
Number of current patients
Total home health care patients1,232,2001,889,3272,427,4831,881,7681,355,290
Current patients per 10,000 population
Age at time of survey:
 Under 65 years, crude12.621.027.825.016.4
 65 years and over, crude295.4424.9526.3375.7277.0
 65 years and over, age adjusted1315.8449.6546.6381.0276.5
  65–74 years151.7209.1240.1202.0130.2
  75–84 years398.3542.2753.6470.3347.6
  85 years and over775.91,206.11,253.4885.4694.1
 Male, total32.647.860.947.935.1
  Under 65 years, crude10.917.822.122.915.6
  65 years and over, crude219.2303.1386.4255.2199.6
  65 years and over, age adjusted1255.8350.0438.3277.6216.4
   65–74 years121.8169.9187.0159.7100.7
   75–84 years322.0427.5598.7321.4270.0
   85 years and over635.2893.11,044.3653.0553.9
 Female, total62.494.7118.990.461.8
  Under 65 years, crude14.324.233.627.017.2
  65 years and over, crude347.4508.9623.9460.4332.6
  65 years and over, age adjusted1351.5506.6615.0445.8315.5
   65–74 years175.3240.6283.2236.3154.6
   75–84 years445.3614.5854.0568.8400.4
   85 years and over830.71,327.61,337.0981.7754.9
Percent distribution
Age at time of survey:2
 Under 65 years23.125.727.031.329.5
 65 years and over76.974.373.068.770.5
  65–74 years22.620.618.419.717.3
  75–84 years33.931.235.329.931.3
  85 years and over20.422.419.419.121.9
Primary admission diagnosis:3
 Malignant neoplasms5.
 Diseases of the nervous system and sense organs6.
 Diseases of the circulatory system25.927.225.623.623.6
  Diseases of heart12.614.310.912.310.9
  Cerebrovascular diseases5.
 Diseases of the respiratory system6.
 Decubitus ulcers1.
 Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue9.
 Fractures, all sites3.
  Fracture of neck of femur (hip)

Age adjusted by the direct method to the year 2000 standard population using the following three age groups: 65–74 years, 75–84 years, and 85 years and over. See Appendix II, Age adjustment.


Denominator excludes persons with unknown age.


Denominator excludes persons with unknown diagnosis.

NOTES: Current home health care patients are those who were on the rolls of the agency as of midnight on the day immediately before the date of the survey. Rates are based on the civilian population as of July 1. Population figures are adjusted for net underenumeration using the 1990 National Population Adjustment Matrix from the U.S. Bureau of the Census. Diagnostic categories are based on the International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification. For a listing of the code numbers, see Appendix II, table IX.

SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Home and Hospice Care Survey.

From: Trend Tables

Cover of Health, United States, 2005
Health, United States, 2005: With Chartbook on Trends in the Health of Americans.
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Hyattsville (MD): National Center for Health Statistics (US); 2005 Nov.

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