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Hospitalization, Ten Leading Causes

Purpose

To understand the most common causes for visits hospital emergency departments and is hospitalilization.

Key Information

Major groupings of primary diagnoses and procedures as grouped performed at the 11 acute care and 2 psychiatric hospitals in Rhode Island. Hospitalizations due to routine childbirth hospital stays are not included in this data.

Key Findings - 2016

  • Heart disease is the most common reason for hospitalizations.
  • Mood disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder and manic episoldes are the second most common reason for hospitalizations.
  • There were 112,035 hospitalizations of Rhode Island residents in 2016.
  • Blacks and hispanics are more likely to visit an emergency room than average.
  • While older adults are more likely to be hospitalized, young adults are as likely to be seen in an emergency department than older adults.
  • White residents made up most of hospitalizations and emergency department visits, but black residents had the highest hospitalization rate.
  • Older adults made up about 4 in 10 hospitalizations and had the highest hospitalization rate.
  • Almost half of all hospitalizations were among those on Medicare.
  • People on Medicaid had the most emergency department visits.

Rhode Island Numbers 2016

Demographics


Most Common Reasons

All Rhode Islanders


  • Abdominal pain/fever/fainting and other general illness symptoms are the most common reasons for emergency department visits.
  • Alcohol-related disorders were the tenth most common reasons.
  • Heart disease and mood disorders were the most common cause of hospitalizations. (90 and 85 hospitalizations per 10,000 respectively).

Children (ages 0 - 17 years)

  • Abdominal pain/fever/vomiting were the most common cause of emergency department visits among children (501 per 10,000).
  • Other common causes of emergency department visits among children were respiratory indections and injuries.
  • Mood disorders were the most common reason to hospitalize Rhode Island children (67 per 10,000).
  • Other common causes included respiratory ifnfections and anxiety disorders.

Adults (ages 18+ years)

  • The most common causes of emergency visits among adults in Rhode Island were injuries, abdominal pain/fever/fainting, heart disease and injuries.
  • Heart disease was the most common reason to hospitalize Rhode Island adults (113 per 100,000).
  • Other common causes include: mood disorders, infections and joint pain.