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This article has been peer reviewed. It was published in: Population Health Management.

Volume 17, Issue 1, 1 February 2014, Pages 60-65.

The published version is available at DOI: 10.1089/pop.2012.0119

Copyright © 2014 Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.


Sickle cell disease (SCD) is an inherited blood disorder that is chronic in nature and manifests itself through many facets of the patient's life. Comprehensive specialty centers have the potential to reduce health care costs and improve the quality of care for patients who have chronic medical conditions such as heart failure and SCD. The purpose of this practice inquiry was to analyze de-identified data for acute care episodes involving SCD in order to create a detailed picture of acute care utilization for adult patients in Delaware with SCD from 2007 to 2009. Gaining a better understanding of acute care utilization for adults with SCD may provide evidence to improve access to high-quality health care services for this vulnerable patient population in the state of Delaware.