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Table 6-1. Interpretation of Percentile Scores

2012 User Comparative Database Report

Percentile ScoreInterpretation
10th percentile
Represents the lowest scoring medical offices.
10% of the medical offices scored the same or lower.
90% of the medical offices scored higher.
25th percentile
Represents lower scoring medical offices.
25% of the medical offices scored the same or lower.
75% of the medical offices scored higher.
50th percentile (or median)
Represents the middle of the distribution of medical offices.
50% of the medical offices scored the same or lower.
50% of the medical offices scored higher.
75th percentile
Represents higher scoring medical offices.
75% of the medical offices scored the same or lower.
25% of the medical offices scored higher.
90th percentile
Represents the highest scoring medical offices.
90% of the medical offices scored the same or lower.
10% of the medical offices scored higher.

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Internet Citation: Table 6-1. Interpretation of Percentile Scores: 2012 User Comparative Database Report. May 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/patientsafetyculture/medical-office/2012/mosurv12tab6-1.html