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2011 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 14_1_5.2c
Adults who had a doctor�s office or clinic visit in the last 12 months whose health providers sometimes or never explained things clearly,a by family income,b United States, 2008
  TotalNegative/poorNear poor/lowMiddleHigh
Population groupPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSE
Total 8.50.313.90.911.
65 and over7.80.712.
RaceWhite, single race7.90.312.
Black, single race11.60.817.51.812.41.411.
Asian, single race11.31.5DSUDSUDSUDSU9.
EthnicityNon-Hispanic, all races8.20.314.
  Non-Hispanic, White7.50.412.
  Non-Hispanic, Black11.30.817.51.912.11.410.
Hispanic, all races11.10.813.41.715.01.811.
EducationcLess than high school12.50.917.11.613.81.712.
High school graduate10.30.615.81.911.51.310.
At least some college6.
Employment status, ages 18-64Employed8.20.313.01.512.
Not employed10.20.715.21.411.
Health insurance, ages 18-64Any private6.90.410.
Public only15.
Health insurance, age 65 and overMedicare only7.11.1DSUDSU7.
Medicare and private7.40.9DSUDSU8.
Medicare and other public12.
Residence locationdMetropolitan8.50.414.
  Large central metro9.60.616.11.816.
  Large fringe metro7.00.611.
  Medium metro9.10.812.91.811.51.611.
  Small metro8.
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish8.10.313.
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good7.10.310.
Activity limitationsdBasic activities12.90.918.
Complex activities15.
Neither basic nor complex activities7.50.311.
U.S. bornYes8.20.313.

a. Denominator includes adults who had a doctor's office or clinic visit in the last 12 months, excluding missing data.

b. Negative/poor refers to household incomes below the Federal poverty line; near poor/low, 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.

c. 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.

d. For more information, see the MEPS entry in Appendix B: Detailed Methods.

DSU - 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.


Page last reviewed October 2014
Internet Citation: T14_1_5_2c: 2011 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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