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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 17_2_1.1
Admissions with hypertensiona per 100,000 population,b age 18 and over, United States, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2007, and 2008
Population groupRateSERateSERateSERateSERateSE
Total 58.62.460.
65 and over156.46.1158.55.1118.14.0125.13.8110.83.2
  85 and over235.79.4243.98.7168.16.7168.56.4146.36.0
Median income of patient's ZIP CodeFirst quartile (lowest income)92.75.899.05.773.13.778.34.479.94.1
Second quartile57.
Third quartile47.23.347.22.537.
Fourth quartile (highest income)
Location of patient residenceLarge central metropolitan75.17.677.37.558.
Large fringe metropolitan57.
Medium metropolitan47.54.849.85.338.63.839.63.928.13.1
Small metropolitan43.75.449.15.832.
Region of inpatient treatmentNortheast58.05.458.24.841.

a. Consistent with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Prevention Quality Indicators (PQI) software, hypertension must be the principal diagnosis; exclusions include the following: admissions with kidney disease with dialysis access procedures, admissions with cardiac procedures, and transfers from other institutions.

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.

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, modified version 4.1.


Page last reviewed October 2014
Internet Citation: T17_2_1_1: 2011 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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