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Table 10_2_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 10_2_5.1
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 admissionsa), age 18 and over, United States, 2000 and 2005
Population group20052000
65 and over34.
85 and over50.
Median income of patient's ZIP CodeFirst quartile (lowest income)
Second quartile22.
Third quartile22.
Fourth quartile (highest income)
Location of patient residenceLarge central metropolitan28.
Large fringe metropolitan26.
Medium metropolitan21.
Small metropolitan20.
Micropolitan (nonmetro)
Noncore (nonmetro)
Expected payment sourcePrivate insurance18.
Other insurance22.20.417.30.5
Uninsured/self-pay/no charge17.20.414.30.4
Region of inpatient treatmentNortheast29.
Ownership/control of hospitalPrivate, not for profit24.
Private, for profit25.
Teaching status of hospitalTeaching29.
Location of hospitalLarge central metropolitan27.
Large fringe metropolitan27.
Medium metropolitan21.
Small metropolitan20.
Micropolitan (nonmetro)
Noncore (nonmetro)
Bed size of hospitalLess than 10020.
500 or more27.

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 September 2009
Internet Citation: Table 10_2_5-1: 2008 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. September 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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