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Objective: To examine the epidemiology of and recent trends in outpatient visits for infectious diseases. Methods: Data were from a national probability sample of patient visits to office-based physicians. Diagnoses reported by the surveyed physicians were coded to indicate whether they were infectious or noninfectious. Infectious diseases were placed into 11 mutually exclusive categories. Results : During the course of the survey, infectious diseases accounted for 19.0% of visits todoi:10.1001/archinte.159.21.2531 pmid:10573043 fatcat:hqxws2wglvav5e27gobo6oeudi