QuickStats: Percentage* of All Visits by Patients Aged ≥65 Years to Office-Based Physicians† Made by Patients with Hypertension,§ by Sex and Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)¶ — National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, United States, 2012–2015
Weekly / October 13, 2017 / 66(40);1085
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* With 95% confidence intervals indicated with error bars.
† Based on a sample of visits to nonfederally employed office-based physicians who are primarily engaged in direct patient care. Physicians in the specialties of anesthesiology, pathology, and radiology are excluded from the survey.
§ Defined as visits made by adults, aged ≥65 years, with documentation in the medical record of a diagnosis of hypertension, regardless of the diagnosis for the current visit. Additional information is available at https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr106.pdf.
¶ Metropolitan statistical area (MSA) definitions are compiled according to Office of Management and Budget definitions of core-based statistical areas and are based on the location of the physician’s office.
During 2012–2015, patients aged ≥65 years with hypertension documented in the medical record accounted for 54% of all office-based physician visits made by patients aged ≥65 years, with a higher percentage of visits in non-MSAs (59%) than MSAs (53%). Among women, the percentage of visits was also higher in non-MSAs than in MSAs (59% versus 53%). The difference among men was not statistically significant.
Source: National Center for Health Statistics, National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 2012–2015. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/ahcd/ahcd_questionnaires.htm.
Reported by: Jill J. Ashman, PhD, email@example.com, 301-458-4439; Pinyao Rui, MPH.
Suggested citation for this article: QuickStats: Percentage of All Visits by Patients Aged ≥65 Years to Office-Based Physicians Made by Patients with Hypertension, by Sex and Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) — National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, United States, 2012–2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2017;66:1085. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6640a9.
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