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2004 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Table 4.1a: Among adults age 18 and over who reported going to a doctor's office or clinic in the last 12 months, percent distribution of how often their health providers listened carefully to them, United States, 2001

      Health providers listened carefully
      Always Usually Sometimes or never
Population group Total population (in thousands)e Percent had visitf Percent Standard error Percent Standard error Percent Standard error
Total 208,272 72.6 55.0 0.6 34.7 0.6 10.2 0.3
                 
Race                
    White 174,920 74.0 54.2 0.6 35.9 0.6 9.8 0.3
    Black 23,881 66.6 65.2 1.6 23.9 1.3 10.9 0.9
    Asian or Pacific Islander 7,750 59.3 43.0 3.1 39.7 3.1 17.4 2.7
    American Indian or Alaska Native 1,721 71.2 56.1 4.7 27.2 4.1 16.8 3.7
                 
Race/ethnicity                
    Hispanic 24,431 54.6 58.4 1.3 27.7 1.2 13.9 0.9
    Non-Hispanic 183,841 74.9 54.7 0.7 35.4 0.6 9.9 0.3
      White 151,641 76.9 53.8 0.7 36.8 0.6 9.4 0.3
      Black 23,305 66.8 65.1 1.7 24.0 1.3 10.9 1.0
      Other 8,895 61.5 45.1 2.9 37.7 2.9 17.2 2.4
                 
Gender                
    Male 99,824 63.9 55.7 0.8 34.4 0.8 9.9 0.5
    Female 108,448 80.5 54.6 0.7 35.0 0.7 10.5 0.4
                 
Age                
    18-44 109,467 64.8 50.4 0.8 36.7 0.8 12.9 0.5
    45-64 64,978 78.0 56.0 1.0 34.9 0.9 9.1 0.5
    65 and over 33,827 87.9 65.1 1.0 29.5 1.0 5.4 0.5
                 
Educationa                
    Less than high school 42,842 65.8 58.0 1.3 30.7 1.2 11.3 0.7
    High school graduate 69,077 70.2 56.3 0.9 33.2 0.9 10.5 0.5
    At least some college 95,076 77.3 53.0 0.8 37.3 0.7 9.7 0.5
                 
Employment statusb                
    Employed 142,602 68.6 52.0 0.7 36.8 0.7 11.2 0.4
    Not employed 31,762 74.8 55.6 1.2 32.5 1.2 11.9 0.8
                 
Insurance                
Age 18-64                
    Any private 135,308 73.6 52.5 0.7 37.3 0.7 10.2 0.4
    Public only 13,189 78.5 54.8 2.3 28.4 1.8 16.8 1.4
    Uninsured 25,947 44.5 52.7 1.9 30.6 1.7 16.7 1.2
Age 65 and over                
    Medicare only 10,667 87.0 63.0 2.0 32.5 2.0 4.5 0.7
    Medicare and private 19,461 88.7 65.9 1.3 28.5 1.3 5.6 0.7
    Medicare and other public 3,471 86.5 66.9 3.0 25.6 2.7 7.4 1.7
    No insurance/private only DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
                 
Family incomec                
    Negative or poor 20,753 67.7 56.8 1.5 29.1 1.3 14.1 1.0
    Near poor/low income 35,506 67.5 57.7 1.2 30.0 1.1 12.3 0.8
    Middle income 65,619 70.5 54.7 1.0 34.4 1.0 10.9 0.5
    High income 86,394 77.3 53.9 0.9 37.8 0.9 8.3 0.4
                 
Residence locationd                
    Metropolitan-large 114,742 71.6 53.7 0.8 35.2 0.7 11.2 0.5
    Metropolitan-small 59,021 73.7 54.8 1.2 35.6 1.1 9.7 0.5
    Micropolitan 22,037 74.6 59.2 1.5 32.2 1.4 8.6 0.9
    Noncore-adjacent 8,664 72.0 59.4 1.8 32.2 2.1 8.4 1.5
    Noncore-rural 3,808 74.4 64.4 3.5 29.5 2.9 6.1 1.7
                 
Perceived health status                
    Excellent, very good or good 181,543 70.4 55.6 0.6 34.9 0.6 9.6 0.3
    Fair or poor 26,729 87.5 52.1 1.2 33.9 1.2 14.1 0.8
                 

a "Less than high school" refers to fewer than 12 years of education; "high school graduate", 12 years of education; and "at least some college", more than 12 years of education.

b Employment status for persons age 18-64 only.

c "Negative or poor" refers to household incomes below the Federal poverty line; "near poor/low income", over the poverty line to just below 200 percent of the poverty line; "middle income", 200 percent to just below 400 percent of the poverty line; and "high income", 400 percent of the poverty line and over.

d See the MEPS entry in the Data Sources section of the Measures Specifications Appendix for more information.

e Total adult population, age 18 and over. Numbers may not add to Total due to missing or rounding.

f Denominator is total adult population, excluding missing values.

DSU - Data do not meet the criteria for statistical reliability, data quality or confidentiality.

Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey.

 

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