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QuickStats: Percentage* of All Emergency Department (ED) Visits Made by Patients with Diagnosed Depression,§ by Sex and Age Group — National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, United States, 2016


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The figure is a bar graph showing that during 2016, 10.1% of all ED visits in the United States were made by patients with depression documented in their medical record. By age, the highest percentage of ED visits by patients with depression was for visits by patients aged 35–64 years (14.8%), compared with 6.1% for visits by patients aged 0–34 years and 11.9% for patients aged ≥65 years. A higher percentage of visits to the ED were made by females with depression (12.1%) compared with males with depression (7.8%). This same pattern was present for all three age groups.

* With 95% confidence intervals indicated with error bars.

Based on a sample of visits to EDs in noninstitutional general and short-stay hospitals, exclusive of federal, military, and Veterans Administration hospitals, located in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

§ Defined as ED visits made by patients with documentation in their medical record of a diagnosis of depression, regardless of the diagnosis for the current visit.

During 2016, 10.1% of all ED visits in the United States were made by patients with depression documented in their medical record. By age, the highest percentage of ED visits by patients with depression was for visits by patients aged 35–64 years (14.8%), compared with 6.1% for visits by patients aged 0–34 years and 11.9% for patients aged ≥65 years. A higher percentage of visits to the ED were made by females with depression (12.1%) compared with males with depression (7.8%). This same pattern was present for all three age groups.

Source: National Center for Health Statistics, National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 2016.

Reported by: Loredana Santo, MD, lsanto@cdc.gov, 301-458-4122; Jill J. Ashman, PhD.

Suggested citation for this article: QuickStats: Percentage of All Emergency Department (ED) Visits Made by Patients with Diagnosed Depression, by Sex and Age Group — National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, United States, 2016. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2018;67:1303. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6746a6.

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