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Table 12_3_6-1

2009 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_3_6.1
Decubitus ulcers per 1,000 discharges of length 5 or more days (excluding transfers; patients admitted from long-term care facilities; patients with diseases of the skin, subcutaneous tissue, and breast; and obstetric admissions),a age 18 and over, United States, 2000 and 2006
Population groupRatebSERatebSE
65 and over35.
  85 and over50.
Median income of patient's ZIP codeFirst quartile (lowest income)
Second quartile23.
Third quartile23.
Fourth quartile (highest income)
Location of patient residenceLarge central metropolitan30.
Large fringe metropolitan24.
Medium metropolitan21.
Small metropolitan20.
Micropolitan (nonmetro)
Noncore (nonmetro)
Expected payment sourcePrivate insurance20.
Other insurance20.00.417.30.5
Uninsured/self-pay/no charge16.60.314.30.4
Region of inpatient treatmentNortheast30.
Ownership/control of hospitalPrivate, not for profit24.
Private, for profit26.
Teaching status of hospitalTeaching29.
Location of hospitalLarge central metropolitan29.
Large fringe metropolitan24.
Medium metropolitan22.
Small metropolitan19.
Micropolitan (nonmetro)
Noncore (nonmetro)
Bed size of hospitalLess than 10019.
500 or more28.

a Also excludes admissions specifically for such problems, such as cases from earlier admissions or from other hospitals.

b Rates are adjusted by age, gender, age-gender interactions, comorbidities, and diagnosis related group (DRG) clusters. When reporting is by age, the adjustment is by gender, comorbidities, and DRG clusters; when reporting is by gender, the adjustment is by age, comorbidities, and DRG clusters.

Key: SE: standard error.

Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, Nationwide Inpatient Sample and AHRQ Quality Indicators, version 3.1.


Current as of March 2010
Internet Citation: Table 12_3_6-1: 2009 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. March 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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