New York City Health Atlas

Preventable Hospitalizations

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Number of hospital stays for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions (ACS), or health conditions that are treatable in an outpatient setting. Conditions include asthma, hypertension, diabetes, gastroenteritis, congestive heart failure, angina, bacterial pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cellulitis, kidney infection, and dehydration.


Hospital stays for ACS conditions per 1,000 population.


Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System (SPARCS) Inpatient Data, 2011-2013.

Years of Data


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21.3 City-Wide
15.4 Manhattan


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Preventable Hospitalization Rate Population (2011-2013)
All 15.4 4,813,828


Female 12.0 2,546,750
Male 13.3 2,267,079


Asian/Pacific Islander 4.1 539,848
Black 24.0 622,276
Hispanic 13.0 1,232,866
White 5.5 2,293,407


0-14 years 13.2 600,090
15-24 years 5.1 621,318
25-34 years 3.7 1,063,630
35-44 years 6.9 711,258
45-54 years 14.5 612,636
55-64 years 21.3 544,184
65-74 years 32.7 358,100
75+ years 72.9 302,613
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Correlation Is Not Causation

In statistics, correlation is a measure of association between two numeric variables. The strength of correlation between two variables is represented by the correlation coefficient, represented by the abbreviation r. Correlation coefficients range between -1 to 1.

Though the correlation coefficient indicates the strength of an association, it does not provide information about whether the change in one variable is caused by the other.

For example, if the correlation between adult smoking prevalence and child poverty is 0.7—a strong correlation—we cannot say either that adult smoking causes child poverty or, inversely, that child poverty causes smoking. We only know that as one of these variables increases, the other tends to increases.