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

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.