Hospital Discharges


Lead Author(s): 

Edward H. Yelin, PhD
Miriam Cisternas, MA

Supporting Author(s): 

Sylvia I. Watkins-Castillo, PhD

An increase of 35%, from 15.2 to 20.5 million, in the number of hospital discharges for persons with a musculoskeletal disease occurred in the periods 1996 to 1998 to 2009 to 2011. This may be due to the aging population. The percentage of persons with a musculoskeletal disease who were hospitalized one or more times in a year was roughly stable, with 11.1% and 11.0% of persons in 1996 to 1998 and 2009 to 2011 hospitalized, respectively. The average number of hospitalizations per person, at 0.2, did not change. (Reference Table 10.2 PDF CSV)  
Total and Mean Number of Hospital Discharges for Persons with Musculoskeletal Diseases, United States 1996-2011  


  • 2014

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