An alternative method for selecting a standard population for direct adjustment is to use a “combined” population.
a. Complete Tables 5.23 and 5.24 using the population distributions from Study Question 1.
b. What is the ratio of the age-adjusted outpatient department visit rate in the population served by Hancock Regional Hospital Network to the age-adjusted outpatient department visit rate in the population served by Harrison Hospital System?
c. Describe the difference between the ratios of crude and age-adjusted outpatient department visit rates.
d. Do the ratios in part (c) differ from the adjusted rates calculated using the 2000 U.S. population as the standard? What is the significance of any differences?
Study Question 1
Tables 5.16 and 5.17 contain information on outpatient department visits in the populations….