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Table 17_1_6-1

2010 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 17_1_6.1
Physician office and hospital outpatient department visits per 100 population,a United States, 1999-2008
Population groupSample sizeNumber of visits (in thousands)RateSERateSERateSERateSERateSERateSERateSERateSE
Total 129,9002,149,073361.211.4353.510.4352.910.6353.710.1347.910.4344.09.0337.610.7320.210.8
65 and over26,824546,934744.430.7721.527.3718.228.8728.528.9707.528.8706.624.9687.525.5643.724.4
RacebWhite only97,1711,762,565370.015.3363.116.6370.512.0372.211.5363.812.0365.910.5DNADNADNADNA
Black only24,503269,562359.525.2337.227.1301.016.9310.816.6308.715.6272.214.3DNADNADNADNA
Asian only4,64284,081314.046.5318.653.7301.233.2271.127.4298.135.1268.524.3DNADNADNADNA
AI/AN only1,10814,860251.338.4314.557.0180.026.8119.718.9101.918.789.315.3DNADNADNADNA
Multiple races1,8159,18392.614.881.
Location of patient residenceMSA115,9991,890,543378.714.1362.712.3364.012.6363.712.5360.712.2368.810.6DNADNA323.611.0

a To maintain consistency with data from prior years, visits to midlevel providers at community health centers were excluded. Population used for calculation is the U.S. Census Bureau estimated civilian noninstitutional population on July 1 of each year.

b �A proportion of race data were missing in each year. For 2007-2008, 35.7% of race data were missing. Missing data were imputed, and standard errors were inflated consistent with the guidance in "2007 NAMCS Microdata File Documentation,"� These data should be interpreted with caution.

DNA - Data have not been analyzed.

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

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey and National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey.


Page last reviewed October 2014
Internet Citation: Table 17_1_6-1: 2010 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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