U.S. in-hospital circumcision declines

Sept. 2, 2011 at 12:10 AM

ATLANTA, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- An analysis indicates the incidence of U.S. hospital newborn male circumcision has slightly declined during the last decade, federal health officials say.

Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention used data from the National Hospital Discharge Survey from the National Center for Health Statistics, the Nationwide Inpatient Sample from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Charge Data Master from SDIHealth, a private, non-governmental source, to estimate rates of newborn male circumcision.

Incidence of newborn male circumcision decreased from 62.5 percent in 1999 to 56.9 percent in 2008 in National Hospital Discharge Survey; from 63.5 percent in 1999 to 56.3 percent in 2008 in Nationwide Inpatient Sample and from 58.4 percent in 2001 to 54.7 percent in 2010 in Charge Data Master.

The study, published in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, says the recent decreases followed increase during the previous 10-year period -- from 48.3 percent during 1988 to1991 to 61.1 percent during 1997 to 2000.

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