A brief look at digestive disease

  • Health care visits for digestive symptoms.
    – Physician office visits: 35.9 million in 2006 and 28.7 in 2005 (link to 2006 and 2005 reports)
    – Hospital outpatient visits: 3.2 million in 2006 and 3.6 million in 2005 (link to 2006 and 2005 reports)
    – Emergency room visits: 7.2 million in 2006 and 6.9 million in 2005 (link to 2006 and 2005 reports).
  • Number of noninstitutionalized adults with diagnosed ulcers: 14.5 million in 2007–that is, 6% of adults aged 18 years and over have been diagnosed with an ulcer. Click here to go to more results from the National Health Interview Survey, 2007.
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