AHRQ Study: Rising Local Unemployment No Longer Linked to Declining Heart Attack Hospitalizations
An AHRQ study found new evidence that the overall relationship between health and the economy may have shifted over time for cardiovascular events. The study, which used AHRQ’s Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project State Inpatient Databases and Bureau of Labor Statistics data from 1995 to 2011, found that a one percentage point increase in the unemployment rate during that period was associated with a statistically significant 0.80 percent decline in heart attack hospitalizations for adults ages 20 to 64 and a 0.96 percent decline for those ages 65 and older from 1995 to 2003, but not for the second half of the study. Researchers speculated that this shift could be the result of many factors, including structural changes to the health care system, workplaces that seek to enhance the well-being of employees and increased housing costs that add to the burden of the unemployed. The study, “The Relationship between Local Economic Conditions and Acute Myocardial Infarction Hospital Utilization by Adults and Seniors in the United States 1995–2011,” and abstract were published online March 15 in the journal Health Services Research.
Health Serv Res. 2015 Mar 15. doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.12298. [Epub ahead of print]
The Relationship between Local Economic Conditions and Acute Myocardial Infarction Hospital Utilization byAdults and Seniors in the United States, 1995-2011.
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Acute myocardial infarction; Medicare; determinants of health; economic cycles; hospital utilization
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