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QuickStats: Percentage of Emergency Department Visits During Which Pain Medication Was Prescribed, by Pain Level --- United States, 2003

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The percentage of emergency department visits during which pain medication was prescribed increased with pain severity as assessed on the patient's arrival. However, pain medication was prescribed for only 74% of visits during which the patient's pain was described as severe.

Source: National Center for Health Statistics. 2003 National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, emergency department public-use data file. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhamcs.htm.

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Date last reviewed: 10/5/2005

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