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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 15_2_1.2_1
Potentially avoidable hospitalizations per 100,000 population for acute conditions,a age 18 and over,b United States, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2007, and 2008
Population groupRateSERateSERateSERateSERateSE
Total 638.113.9649.612.2716.915.5686.412.4714.212.3
65 and over2,590.656.12,634.953.12,936.264.12,800.854.02,832.654.5
  85 and over6,154.8142.96,182.6142.07,045.8160.86,649.4140.17,748.6165.7
Median income of patient's ZIP CodeFirst quartile (lowest income)802.427.7820.928.8890.730.4842.030.01,061.438.0
Second quartile671.123.1672.624.1740.028.0720.325.3738.325.2
Third quartile567.224.8586.622.3642.424.7609.223.9611.425.4
Fourth quartile (highest income)521.433.4516.031.7615.036.6570.533.0524.632.3
Location of patient residenceLarge central metropolitan603.242.6604.142.5671.948.1636.745.1690.245.2
Large fringe metropolitan613.545.9606.143.3684.150.7654.347.6738.451.1
Medium metropolitan562.149.3577.150.2656.455.5583.750.4561.654.5
Small metropolitan564.961.1669.971.8619.071.4677.371.2651.968.8
Region of inpatient treatmentNortheast594.231.1621.030.5659.933.0638.329.6704.732.1

a. Based on the three Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Prevention Quality Indicators (PQIs) for bacterial pneumonia, dehydration, and urinary tract infection.

b. Rates are adjusted by age and gender using the total U.S. resident population for 2000 as the U.S. standard population; when reporting is by age, the adjustment is by gender only; when reporting is by gender, the adjustment is by age only.

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, modified version 4.1.


Page last reviewed October 2014
Internet Citation: T15_2_1_2_1: 2011 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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