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The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has launched a database of inpatient hospital care for pediatric patients from birth through age 18.
The Kids’ Inpatient Database (KID) was developed to make national and regional estimates of children’s treatment, including surgery, and to be used in estimating treatment outcomes and hospital charges.
"The KID is a major step forward in the study of children’s health care," says Lisa Simpson, MB, BCh, AHRQ deputy director. "Not only does it make it easier for researchers to obtain the data they need, but the size and power of the database enable them to study hospital care for even the rarest conditions by specific age groups of children."
The database includes information on 1.9 million children’s hospital inpatient stays at more than 2,500 hospitals. Children were included whether they had insurance, received public assistance, or were uninsured.
Included is information on principal and secondary diagnoses, tests, surgeries, other procedure, lengths of stay, hospital charges, payment sources, and type of hospitals.
Data from the KID are included on AHRQ’s HCUPnet, an interactive on-line service to answer questions about hospital care, outcomes and charges.
For other information on the KID including costs and software requirements, contact the HCUP Central Distributor, Social and Scientific Systems Inc., at (866) 556-4287.