U.S. Hospitalizations for Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions: A Rural/Urban Comparison
The study will involve the examination of incidence, patterns, and predictors of U.S. hospitalizations for three types of ambulatory care sensitive conditions (ACSCs): uncontrolled diabetes; bacterial pneumonia; and pediatric asthma. ACSCs are diagnoses for which timely and effective outpatient care can help to reduce the risks of hospitalization by either preventing the onset of an illness or condition, controlling an acute episodic illness or condition, or managing a chronic disease or condition. We will use 2003 HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample data to examine incidence rates for these ACSC admissions among rural and urban patients and investigate demographic/geographic factors which increase the likelihood of being hospitalized for these conditions.
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