The economic burden of hospitalizations associated with child abuse and neglect.

Abstract:

OBJECTIVES:This study assessed the economic burden of child abuse-related hospitalizations. METHODS:We compared inpatient stays coded with a diagnosis of child abuse or neglect with stays of other hospitalized children using the 1999 National Inpatient Sample of the Healthcare Costs and Utilization Project. RESULTS:Children whose hospital stays were coded with a diagnosis of abuse or neglect were significantly more likely to have died during hospitalization (4.0% vs 0.5%), have longer stays (8.2 vs 4.0 days), twice the number of diagnoses (6.3 vs 2.8), and double the total charges (19,266 vs 9513 US dollars) than were other hospitalized children. Furthermore, the primary payer was typically Medicaid (66.5% vs 37.0%). CONCLUSION:Earlier identification of children at risk for child abuse and neglect might reduce the individual, medical, and societal costs.

journal_name

Am J Public Health

authors

Rovi S,Chen PH,Johnson MS

doi

10.2105/ajph.94.4.586

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2004-04-01 00:00:00

pages

586-90

issue

4

eissn

0090-0036

issn

1541-0048

journal_volume

94

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