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A Matter of Agency

Fast Stats from the AHRQ

Section Editor(s): Kennedy, Maureen Shawn MA, RN

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AJN The American Journal of Nursing: February 2009 - Volume 109 - Issue 2 - p 23
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000345421.91991.47
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53%: the percentage increase in hospitalized patients discharged to home health care between 1997 and 2006, as reported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

21%: the percentage of the 39.5 million patients admitted to hospitals in 2006 who had some mental illness.

$3.9 million: the reduction in prescription drug spending per 100,000 patients per year if physicians exclusively used electronic prescribing systems; currently physicians use these systems about 20% of the time.

1 in 4: the proportion of patients who have an unexpected medical problem after hospital discharge.

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