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Table 15_1_1-2

2010 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_1_1.2
Potentially avoidable hospitalizations per 100,000 population for acute conditions, age 18 and over,a United States, 2000, 2004-2007
Population groupRateSERateSERateSERateSERateSE
Total 665.912.5682.915.1741.415.9707.812.8731.112.6
65 and over2,676.853.82,767.562.03,030.866.22,877.455.42,875.055.6
  85 and over6,222.4143.36,487.3157.07,249.3165.76,794.0142.87,793.5167.2
Median income of patient's ZIP CodeFirst quartile (lowest income)843.829.9856.529.0922.831.6871.331.31,086.539.1
Second quartile688.224.6715.327.8763.428.7741.426.0757.025.8
Third quartile600.522.7609.824.1665.225.5627.424.5626.726.0
Fourth quartile (highest income)529.532.7567.634.2636.337.7588.033.9536.833.0
Location of patient residenceLarge central metropolitan625.944.1672.049.1701.850.0664.147.1715.247.1
Large fringe metropolitan621.644.4613.144.1708.552.6674.549.1757.152.4
Medium metropolitan592.551.7603.852.4680.257.7604.152.2573.755.8
Small metropolitan683.473.5631.569.3639.173.7696.173.3665.470.3
Micropolitan (nonmetropolitan)794.540.0848.841.0886.641.9887.143.4816.348.1
Noncore (nonmetropolitan)933.339.2974.042.81,070.747.7997.546.71,075.150.9
Region of inpatient treatmentNortheast641.231.0657.335.3686.634.0662.330.6731.133.5

a Rates are adjusted by age and gender using the total U.S. population for 2000 as the 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, version 3.1.


Page last reviewed October 2014
Internet Citation: Table 15_1_1-2: 2010 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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