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OA-11 Data Details

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OA-11 Reduce the rate of emergency department (ED) visits due to falls among older adults

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

Data Source: 
National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
per 100,000 (age adjusted—see Comments)
Baseline (Year): 
5,235.1 (2007)
Target-Setting Method: 
10 percent improvement

Number of initial emergency department visits for falls (first listed ICD-9-CM codes E880-E886, E888, E957, E968.1, E987) among persons aged 65 years and over


Number of persons aged 65 years and over

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective: 
Not applicable
Data Collection Frequency: 
Methodology Notes: 

    In the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, data are collected on cause of injury at emergency department visits by means of an open-ended item, “Cause of Injury.” This item asks the respondent (typically hospital staff or Census field representatives) to describe the place and events that preceded the injury, poisoning or adverse effect. Verbatim text is coded by NCHS contracted medical coders using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM), Supplementary Classification of External Causes of Injury and Poisoning. Up to three causes may be coded per visit.

    FOR SINGLE DATA YEARS: Emergency department visit rates are calculated using the July 1 estimates of the civilian population from the Vintage matching the data year for the postcensal period based on the 2000 census. For example, July 1, 2007 civilian population estimates from Vintage 2007 are used as the denominator for 2007 rates. Rates for 2010 are also calculated using the July 1 estimates based on the 2000 census.

    Rates by geographic location are for the civilian noninstitutionalized population.

    Age Adjustment Notes: 

    This Indicator uses Age-Adjustment Groups:

    • Total: 65-74, 75+
    • Sex: 65-74, 75+
    • Race/Ethnicity: 65-74, 75+
    • Geographic Location: 65-74, 75+
Trend Issues: 
Due to the change from the International Classification of Disease (ICD)-9-CM to ICD-10-CM this objective has a final tracking data year of 2015.