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Trends in DVT Hospitalization Rates in Older Adults

Am J Med; ePub 2018 May 10; Minges, et al

The overall deep vein thrombosis (DVT) hospitalization rate in the US declined from 1999 to 2010, but where highest among black patients, a recent study found. Researchers analyzed Medicare standard analytic files from 2015-2017 to identify Fee-for-Service patients aged ≥65 years who had a principal discharge diagnosis for DVT from 1999 to 2010. DVT hospitalization rates per 100,000 person-years were reported as well as 30-day and 1-year mortality rates. Among the findings:

  • There were 726,423 DVT hospitalizations in Medicare Fee-for-Service during the study period.
  • Among black patients, hospitalizations for DVT increased significantly and rates were the highest among black patients.
  • Both short- and long-term mortality and readmission outcomes remained relatively stable across the study period but women had higher rates than men.
  • Hospital length-of-stay decreased from 6.1 days in 1999 to 5.0 days in 2010.

Citation:

Minges KE, Bikdeli B, Wang Y, Attaran RR, Krumholz HM. National and regional trends in deep vein thrombosis hospitalization rates, discharge disposition, and outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries. [Published online ahead of print May 10, 2018]. Am J Med. doi:10.1016/j.amjmed.2018.04.033.