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Table 12_1_5-1

2008 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports

The National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) is a comprehensive national overview of quality of health care in the United States. It is organized around four dimensions of quality of care: effectiveness, patient safety, timeliness, and patient centeredness.

Table 12_1_5.1
Adults who had a doctor's office or clinic visit in the last 12 months whose health providers explained things in a way they could understand, United States, 2005
Population groupTotal population (in thousands)dPercent had visitHealth providers explained things clearly
AlwaysUsuallySometimes or never
65 and over35,43588.762.
RaceWhite, single race178,37772.460.30.632.
Black, single race25,24566.364.51.424.01.311.60.7
Asian, single race9,56362.650.52.936.22.913.22.0
NHOPI, single race774*******
AI/AN, single race1,59264.6******
Multiple races2,98369.**
EthnicityNon-Hispanic, all races190,31474.060.90.531.
Non-Hispanic, White151,46476.160.80.632.
Non-Hispanic, Black24,61066.465.01.423.61.311.40.7
Family incomeaNegative/poor23,45964.757.01.628.91.314.11.1
Near poor/low37,57664.458.
EducationbLess than high school40,89962.756.61.329.
High school graduate69,69968.460.10.931.
At least some college106,45076.261.70.731.
Employment status, ages 18–64Employed146,18466.261.10.731.
Not employed36,84974.
Health insurance, ages 18–64Any private135,68873.261.20.631.
Public only16,75575.354.11.631.61.414.41.2
Health insurance, age 65 and overMedicare only9,82286.462.
Medicare and private21,09490.462.61.431.
Medicare and other public4,10987.362.
Residence locationcMetropolitan181,77970.960.30.531.
  Large central metro65,35168.158.00.931.90.810.10.7
  Large fringe metro53,06572.
  Medium metro44,31673.
  Small metro19,04771.558.21.832.
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish194,62873.861.00.531.
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good189,39269.061.90.630.
Activity limitationscBasic activities29,55187.754.71.333.
Complex activities18,00987.852.11.434.21.413.71.0
Neither basic nor complex activities183,03068.161.70.630.

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

b 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.

c For more information, see the MEPS entry in Appendix A, Data Sources.

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

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

Key: AI/AN: American Indian or Alaska Native; NHOPI: Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; SE: standard error.

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


Current as of September 2009
Internet Citation: Table 12_1_5-1: 2008 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. September 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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