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2011 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 14_4_4.1_2
All emergency department visits for asthmaa per 100,000 population (including inpatient admissions),b age 18 and over, United States, 2008
Population groupRateSE
Total 513.315.5
65 and over384.312.3
  85 and over365.214.8
Median income of patient's ZIP CodeFirst quartile (lowest income)782.742.9
Second quartile560.823.1
Third quartile416.920.7
Fourth quartile (highest income)309.618.6
Location of patient residenceLarge central metropolitan558.543.8
Large fringe metropolitan444.233.1
Medium metropolitan538.737.7
Small metropolitan505.153.2
Location of inpatient treatmentNortheast726.058.0

a. Consistent with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Prevention Quality Indicators (PQI) software, asthma must be the principal diagnosis, and the following cases are excluded: admissions with cystic fibrosis or anomalies of the respiratory system and transfers from other institutions.

b. Rates are adjusted by age and gender using the total U.S. population for 2000 as the U.S. standard population; when reporting is by age, the adjustment is by gender only; when reporting is by gender, the adjustment is by age only.

Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, Nationwide Inpatient Sample and Nationwide Emergency Department Sample, 2008, and AHRQ Quality Indicators, modified version 4.1.


Page last reviewed October 2014
Internet Citation: T14_4_4_1_2: 2011 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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