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Table 1_1_4-2b

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 1_1_4.2b
Women with Stage I-IIb breast cancer who received axillary node dissection or sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) at the time of surgery (lumpectomy or mastectomy),a by ethnicity, United States, 2005
Population groupTotalNon-HispanicHispanic, all races
All racesWhiteBlack
AgeUnder 4090.40.690.50.790.20.891.61.691.61.8
80 and over59.40.859.40.959.00.965.03.4**
Health insurance, ages 0–64Private90.
Health insurance, ages 65–70Medicare only78.90.878.50.978.**
Medicare and supplement79.60.479.70.579.50.580.51.878.82.7
Family incomebNegative/poor86.32.786.13.1******
Near poor/low86.
Residence locationMetropolitan86.
  Large metropolitan, more than 1 million85.10.384.90.384.70.385.20.887.60.9
  Small metropolitan, less than 1 million87.70.387.80.487.70.490.
  Noncore, adjacent89.00.889.20.888.90.8****
  Noncore, rural91.11.390.51.490.81.4****

a There is not full agreement regarding the appropriate population (denominator) for this measure, addressing lymph node surgery in women with breast cancer. In the most current draft form during production of the Reports, the measure specification from the National Quality Forum included only women with stage I/II cancer. Women classified as having stage III disease during lymph node surgery (based on 4 or more positive nodes) will be excluded if their stage prior to surgery (i.e., clinical stage) was not recorded. This may artificially lower the rates for this measure.

b Negative/poor refers to household incomes below $17,500; near poor/low, over the poverty line to just below 200 percent of the Federal poverty line; middle, 200 percent to just below 400 percent of the poverty line; and high, 400 percent of the poverty line and over.

* - Data do not meet the criteria for statistical reliability, data quality, or confidentiality.

Key: SE: standard error.

Source: Commission on Cancer, American College of Surgeons and American Cancer Society, National Cancer Data Base.


Current as of September 2009
Internet Citation: Table 1_1_4-2b: 2008 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. September 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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