Figure 1. Rate of discharges in which patients left the hospital AMA grew nearly three times as quickly as all other hospital stays, 1997–2007.

Figure 1Rate of discharges in which patients left the hospital AMA grew nearly three times as quickly as all other hospital stays, 1997–2007

* Hospital stays for newborns and maternal childbirth have been excluded.

Source: AHRQ, Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, Nationwide Inpatient Sample, 1997 and 2007. Denominator data for rates were based on Claritas Population Estimates, 1997 and 2007

From: Hospitalizations in which Patients Leave the Hospital against Medical Advice (AMA), 2007

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