Term: Inpatient Hospital Days Used

Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2011-10-24


The number of days spent in "inpatient" care in hospitals. This is distinct from the inpatient hospitalization rate because hospitalizations vary significantly in their length of stay. Multiple admissions of the same person are counted as separate events, and all days are summed together.

In Fransoo et al. (2011), they calculated the number of inpatient hospital days used, per 1,000 survey participants in the year after their survey date. If a resident had more than one hospitalization in the year, then the days used in all hospitalizations were summed. Each hospitalization was limited to 365 days maximum length of stay. Hospitalizations in long-term care facilities were excluded (e.g., Deer Lodge and Riverview). Rates were weighted to the Manitoba population and adjusted for age, sex, and body mass index (BMI).

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