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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 15_2_1.1_2
Potentially avoidable hospitalizations per 100,000 population for all conditions,a age 18 and over,b by race/ethnicity, United States, 2008
  TotalWhiteBlackAPIHispanic, all races
Population groupRateSERateSERateSERateSERateSE
Total 1,415.419.71,260.519.82,574.2114.8810.967.91,376.385.1
65 and over5,110.774.04,956.983.26,725.9317.23,279.2290.14,689.2309.9
  85 and over11,090.8184.511,191.8206.910,249.8521.09,290.01003.89,215.6678.5
Median income of patient's ZIP CodeFirst quartile (lowest income)2,049.357.61,818.149.92,920.0175.91,227.5144.11,715.2150.9
Second quartile1,392.634.31,273.834.22,398.0138.9993.1141.01,291.490.0
Third quartile1,203.534.31,105.832.32,278.2149.5802.190.31,212.2117.3
Fourth quartile (highest income)1,072.247.71,016.646.82,194.1181.3622.166.41,012.375.6
Location of patient residenceLarge central metropolitan1,467.578.01,131.968.12,852.1242.8790.888.41,427.6133.9
Large fringe metropolitan1,465.974.01,333.969.32,896.7251.4631.1102.81,176.1117.2
Medium metropolitan1,115.277.01,017.770.91,734.3191.0843.1232.51,352.3233.3
Small metropolitan1,319.7112.41,189.299.72,631.1394.2907.9206.91,355.5251.4
Location of inpatient treatment:Northeast1,474.247.31,301.750.52,575.8269.7837.7184.01,643.8205.3

a. Based on the 11 Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Prevention Quality Indicators (PQIs) for angina, asthma, bacterial pneumonia, congestive heart failure, dehydration, diabetes, hypertension, and urinary tract infection. For consistency of longitudinal reporting, the modified overall composite does not include AHRQ PQI 5 for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease because it is affected by coding changes to the International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision (ICD-9-CM).

b. Rates are adjusted by age and gender using the total U.S. resident 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.

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

Key: API: Asian or Pacific Islander; SE: standard error.

Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, State Inpatient Databases, disparities analysis file, 2008, and AHRQ Quality Indicators, modified version 4.1. The analysis file is designed to provide national estimates on disparities using weighted records from a sample of hospitals from the following 31 States: Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.


Page last reviewed October 2014
Internet Citation: T15_2_1_1_2: 2011 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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