The following stories appear in full on today's Vidyya Medical News Service Web site.
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.
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. A report in today's issue 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.
Also in today's issue is a handy reference chart that 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.
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
And finally, 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.
As always, we hope you enjoy the issue.