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Table 15_2_1-1

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_2_1.1
Antibiotic prescribing at ambulatory medical care visits for colds per 10,000 population,a United States, 2005-2008
Population groupSample sizeNumber of visits (in thousands)RateSESample sizeNumber of visits (in thousands)RateSESample sizeNumber of visits (in thousands)RateSE
Total 4718,830148.414.14508,377141.915.34328,492145.119.0
RacebWhite only3336,452135.517.33396,279132.618.13357,035149.623.5
Black only1031,320176.043.4861,196160.84978857116.634.3
Location of patient residenceMSA3587,153143.315.43456,853138.818.23216,478132.121.7

a Includes visits for which the patient had a sole diagnosis of a common cold (ICD-9-CM codes 460.0, 465, or 472.0) and for which antibiotics were prescribed or continued. Population is U.S. Census Bureau estimated civilian noninstitutionalized population on July 1 of the two data years. Ambulatory medical care visits include visits to office-based physicians, hospital outpatient departments, and emergency departments.

b Race data were missing for about 20-30% of visits for a cold in which an antibiotic was prescribed. Missing data were imputed, and standard errors were inflated consistent with the guidance in "2007 NAMCS Microdata File Documentation,"� These data should be interpreted with caution.

DSU - 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; MSA: metropolitan statistical area; SE: standard error.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey and National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey.


Page last reviewed October 2014
Internet Citation: Table 15_2_1-1: 2010 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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