Children with cancer spend a substantial amount of time in the hospital, which is tremendously burdensome for patients and their families.2,3  Time outside the hospital has been shown to improve health, social, and financial outcomes. In general pediatrics, race-ethnicity and socioeconomic status impact hospital admission patterns, likely reflecting differential exposures to adverse social determinants of health. Thus, we hypothesize sociodemographic factors will similarly impact inpatient utilization in pediatric oncology. The objective of this study is to identify characteristics of children newly diagnosed with cancer who have high inpatient utilization and describe their admission patterns.

Data were sourced from the Florida 2016 to 2019 State Inpatient Database (SID). The Florida SID is a limited deidentified dataset and, thus, exempt from review by an institutional review board. Inpatient admissions for children aged 0 to 21 years with a cancer diagnosis were identified (n = 2652...

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