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Tutorial: HCUP Fast Stats: Trends in Inpatient Stays

  1. The graph activity page automatically loads with the default trend graph for the overall number of inpatient stays over a 10-year time period.
  2. Change one or more selections to see different results.
    • Measure
      1. Number of inpatient stays
      2. Cost per stay (actual or inflation-adjusted)
      3. Length of stay
      4. In-hospital mortality
    • Characteristic
      1. All inpatient stays
      2. Age (0-17 years, 18-44 years, 45-64 years, 65-74 years, and 75+ years)
      3. Sex
      4. Expected payer (Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, and self-pay/no charge)
      5. Community-level income (from the lowest quartile 1 to the highest quartile 4)
      6. Hospitalization type (broad service lines - maternal, mental health/substance use, injury, surgical, medical, and neonatal)
    • 10 years or 20 years for the Time Period
  3. Click Refresh to request the new graph after changing selections.
  4. Make a selection on the right side of the screen to conduct a side-by-side comparison.
    • Try viewing the same measure, two different characteristics.*
    • Try viewing different measures stratified by the same characteristic.
    • Try viewing the above comparisons and changing the time period from 10 years to 20 years.
  5. Always click Refresh to get the results for your modified selections.
Supporting information is available by clicking the plus sign buttons below the graphs:
Open"Show Underlying Data Tables"
Open"Show Data Notes & Methods"
Open"Show Data Export Options"
Open"Show Tutorial and FAQ Links"

* The Y axis of each graph represents the best scale for the maximum number for the particular measure that is chosen. Be aware of differences in the Y axis when comparing graphs: the scale will not necessarily be comparable. This is particularly true when comparing the same measure for two different characteristics. The actual numbers are provided in the underlying tables if further calculations are needed for scaled comparisons or percentages.


Internet Citation: HCUP Fast Stats - Tutorial for Trends in Inpatient Stays Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). May 2020. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/faststats/national/inpatienttrends-tutorial.jsp.
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Last modified 5/26/2020