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Table 8_3_1-2

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 8_3_1.2
People with current asthma who are now taking preventive medicine daily or almost daily (either oral or inhaler), United States, 2003
Population groupTotal population (in thousands)dCurrent asthmaTaking preventive medicatione
65 and over35,4506.80.542.03.8
RaceWhite, single race235,2326.
Black, single race36,0908.50.629.42.7
Asian, single race11,8863.90.6**
NHOPI, single race881****
AI/AN, single race2,095****
Multiple races4,42011.81.7**
EthnicityNon-Hispanic, all races249,9097.
Non-Hispanic, White196,3046.80.330.81.6
Non-Hispanic, Black35,2788.60.629.22.6
Family incomeaNegative/poor36,8279.70.626.02.3
Near poor/low53,9507.50.526.52.3
Education,b age 18 and overLess than high school44,8727.10.425.42.6
High school graduate69,7285.70.329.42.9
At least some college102,1846.50.334.12.3
Employment status, ages 18–64Employed143,6695.70.326.51.9
Not employed39,0328.60.533.32.9
Health insurance, under age 65Any private181,4766.30.330.81.8
Public only36,74810.70.628.62.1
Health insurance, age 65 and overMedicare only9,8855.90.9**
Medicare and private21,1986.70.744.14.9
Medicare and other public3,8849.31.5**
Residence locationcMetropolitan244,2166.
  Large central metro87,4186.80.426.82.4
  Large fringe metro71,9476.00.432.22.8
  Medium metro59,1196.90.630.92.6
  Small metro25,7328.20.732.33.9
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish253,3827.
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good259,0096.
Activity limitationscBasic activities28,74011.60.637.22.9
Complex activities17,60912.20.836.53.3
Neither basic nor complex activities181,2115.50.329.21.8

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

b 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.

c For more information, see the MEPS entry in Appendix A, Data Sources.

d Numbers may not add to total due to missing values or rounding.

e Denominator is people with asthma who currently have active Asthma, excluding missing values.

* - 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.


Current as of September 2009
Internet Citation: Table 8_3_1-2: 2008 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. September 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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