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Hospitalization accounts for 40% of all health care expenditures in the US.

Back To Vidyya More Than Half Of All Hospital Patients Have Comorbid Conditions
According to the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), more than half of all hospital patients have "comorbidities"—co-existing diseases which are not the main reason they were hospitalized, but which can complicate treatment and lengthen their stays. More...

Back To Vidyya Hospitalization in the United States, 1997
About 40 percent of personal health care expenditures in the United States go towards hospital care, making it the most expensive component of the health care sector. This report gives an overview of hospital care during 1997, providing insight for anyone interested in a better understanding of services provided by hospitals and the characteristics of patients who receive them. This report summarizes information from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample, or NIS, a database maintained by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The NIS is uniquely suited to provide a comprehensive picture of hospital care. More...

Back To Vidyya Reference Chart: Most Common Comorbidities Among Hospital Patients
This handy reference chart lists the top comorbidities found among hospitalized patients. It is non-copyrighted and available for you to use in presentations and illustrations as you see fit. More...

Back To Vidyya Evidence-Based Report: Prevention Of Venous Thromboembolism After Injury
Venous thromboembolism (VT) is a major national health problem, claiming 50,000 lives and resulting in 300,000 to 600,000 hospitalizations annually in the United States. VT presents in two forms: deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). With this evidence-based report the AHRQ evaluated and analyzed the existing data in the literature to produce scientific answers in controversial areas related to the topic of venous thromboembolism. The agency identified research gaps in areas in which the scientific evidence is absent or minimal and hopes to assist interested organizations in producing relevant guidelines and directing future research. More...

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WHO Proposal Would Raise Quality Of Internet Health Information
People seeking health information on the Internet will get a higher standard and faster results under a bold new World Health Organization (WHO) proposal. The initiative aims to cut a direct path through the Internet maze, making it much easier for users to find the accurate and reliable health information they need. More...

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