Hospital resource utilization among patients with sickle cell disease.

  title={Hospital resource utilization among patients with sickle cell disease.},
  author={Michelle L. Mayer and Thomas R. Konrad and Christopher C Dvorak},
  journal={Journal of health care for the poor and underserved},
  volume={14 1},
In the United States, sickle cell disease primarily affects African Americans and carries a high risk of disability, making its sufferers particularly vulnerable. Sickle cell patients often experience unexpected, intermittent, and life-threatening complications leading to high levels of emergency room use and frequent hospitalizations. Using national discharge data from not-for-profit hospitals, this study explores the relationship between patient and hospital characteristics and hospital… CONTINUE READING