Table 4.2. Six Quality Measures for Asthma: National Average, Best-in-class Average, and Poorest Performing Average, 2004

Asthma Care Quality Improvement: A Resource Guide for State Action

Measure category
(as described in Table 4.1)
 National averageBest-in-class averagePoorest performing averageNumber of
States reporting
Measure description% of peopleStandard error% of peopleStandard error% of peopleStandard error
Process Measures
A.2Medications (in the past month)69.60.976.52.960.63.925*
A.5Planned care visits (2 or more in the past 12 months)30.20.937.63.217.82.525*
A.5Smoking (counseling in the past 12 months)78.91.583.94.564.28.220
Flu shots (in the past 12 months)42.80.653.03.233.73.352**
Outcome Measures
C.2Urgent care visits (in the past 12 months)28.70.919.92.334.63.125*
Emergency room visits (in the past 12 months)17.40.710.21.826.72.725*

* Includes Puerto Rico.
** Includes Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2004.

Page last reviewed September 2009
Internet Citation: Table 4.2. Six Quality Measures for Asthma: National Average, Best-in-class Average, and Poorest Performing Average, 2004: Asthma Care Quality Improvement: A Resource Guide for State Action. September 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/quality-resources/tools/asthmaqual/asthmacare/table4-2.html