Diabetes is one of the most prevalent diseases in America, and the associated costs place a heavy burden on our health care system. This study was undertaken to provide information on emergency service utilization and hospitalization among people with diabetes in the United States. The hypotheses were that adults with diabetes visit the emergency department (ED) more than those without diabetes, that persons with diabetes who present in the ED are hospitalized more than those without diabetes and that more patients with diabetes present in the ED within 1 week of hospital discharge than those without diabetes. To test these hypotheses, secondary data from the 2010 National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey was analyzed. The results indicate that adults with diabetes did utilize the ED more than those without diabetes, and that patients with diabetes were admitted to the hospital through the ED more than those without diabetes. Furthermore, persons with diabetes presented within 1 week of hospital discharge more than those without diabetes.
|Commitee:||Acosta-Deprez, Veronica, Sinay, Tony|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Health Care Administration|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 53/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Public health, Health care management|
|Keywords:||Adults, Diabetes, Readmission|
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