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OA-11 Data Details

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.

National Data Source
National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics (CDC/NCHS)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch
per 100,000 
Baseline (Year)
5,235.1 (2007)
Target-Setting Method
10 percent improvement
Emergency department visits among persons aged 65 and over due to falls
Number of persons aged 65 and over
Data Collection Frequency
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Not applicable
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 noninstitutionalised population.