QuickStats: Distribution of Emergency Department Visits Made by Adults, by Age and Number of Chronic Conditions — United States, 2017–2019

During 2017–2019, 38.5% of adult emergency department visits were made by patients with no chronic conditions, 22.9% made by those with one, 15.3% made by those with two, and 23.3% made by those with three or more chronic conditions.

The percentage of adult emergency department visits made by patients with no chronic conditions or one chronic condition decreased with age, from 58.0% among patients aged 18–44 years to 8.5% among patients aged ≥75 years with no chronic conditions and from 24.4% among patients aged 18–44 years to 18.5% among patients aged ≥75 years with one chronic condition.

In contrast, the percentage of visits by patients with two or three or more chronic conditions increased with age, from 10.5% among patients aged 18–44 years to 20.8% among patients aged ≥75 years with two conditions and from 7.1% among patients aged 18–44 years to 52.1% among patients aged ≥75 years with three or more chronic conditions.

Source: The National Center for Health Statistics, National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 2017–2019. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/ahcd/ahcd_questionnaires.htm

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/71/wr/mm7101a6.htm

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: