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QuickStats: Percentage* of Adults Aged ≥18 Years with Two or More Visits to an Emergency Department† in the Previous 12 Months, by Home Ownership§ and Age Group — National Health Interview Survey,¶ United States, 2015

* With 95% confidence intervals indicated with error bars.

Based on a response to the following question on sample adult questionnaire: “During the past 12 months, how many times have you gone to a hospital emergency room about your own health? (This includes emergency room visits that resulted in a hospital admission.)”

§ Defined by family respondent’s answer to the following question o­n family core questionnaire: “Is this house/apartment owned or being bought, rented, or occupied by some other arrangement by [you/or someone in your family]?”

Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the noninstitutionalized U.S. civilian population and are derived from the National Health Interview Survey family core and sample adult components.

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In 2015, the percentage of adults that visited an emergency department two or more times in the previous 12 months was higher among renters (9.5%) than among homeowners (5.4%). A higher percentage of homeowners aged ≥65 years (7.3%) visited the emergency department two or more times during the previous 12 months compared with homeowners aged 40–64 years (4.3%). Compared with renters aged 18–39 years (8.3%), the percentage of renters who visited the emergency department two or more times in the previous 12 months was higher among renters aged 40–64 years (10.8%) and ≥65 years (12.0%).
Source: National Health Interview Survey, 2015 data. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm.

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Reported by: Patricia C. Lloyd, plloyd@cdc.gov, 301-458-4420; Veronica E. Helms.

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Suggested citation for this article: QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged ≥18 Years with Two or More Visits to an Emergency Department† in the Previous 12 Months, by Home Ownership§ and Age Group — National Health Interview Survey,¶ United States, 2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2016;65:700. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6527a5.

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