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drop from complications during
Hospitalizations, disparities remain
Newswise — Fewer hospital patients died from
complications in their health care between
2001 and 2006, but Asians/Pacific Islanders
and Hispanics were less likely to survive
than either whites or blacks, according to
the latest News and Numbers from the Agency
for Healthcare Research and Quality.
The overall death rate for patients ages 18
to 74 who during their hospitalization
developed a complication such as pneumonia,
blood clots, or blood infections decreased
23 percent (from 152 deaths to 117 deaths
for every 1,000 patients with complications)
from 2001 to 2006.
The federal agency's analysis of this data
also found that:
o Although the death rate for Asians and
Pacific Islanders fell 24 percent during the
period, they had the highest death rate of
any group in both 2001 and 2006.
o The death rate for Hispanic patients also
declined by 21 percent - but by 2006, their
rate was the second highest of any group
(122 deaths per 1,000 patients).
o The death rate for black patients declined
by 30 percent, the largest decrease. In
2001, blacks had higher rates than whites,
but by 2006, the black death rate was the
lowest of any of the four groups of patients
(111 deaths per 1,000 patients).
This AHRQ News and Numbers summary is based
on data from page 96 in the 2009 National
Healthcare Quality Report (http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/qrdr09.htm) ,
which tracks the health care system through