Race, Ethnicity, and Language Data: Standardization for Health Care Quality Improvement

Table 3-2: Race and Ethnicity Categories Collected by Various Data Sources

Categories Collected Census 2010 and ACS (2009) NHIS (2008) NIS (2007) NSDUH (2008) MEPS (2006) NAMCS (2008) NHAMCS (2009) Application for a SSN (update unknown) CMS Nursing Home Minimum Data Set (updated 2000) Standard Certificate of Birth and Death (updated 2003) SEER (updated 2008)
Responses to combined race and Hispanic ethnicity format Asian, Asian-American or Pacific Islander               X      
Asian/Pacific Islander                 X    
Hispanic               X X    
Black (Not Hispanic)               X X    
North American Indian or Alaskan Native               X      
American Indian/Alaskan Native                 X    
White (Not Hispanic)               X X    
Responses for Hispanic ethnicity question in two-question format Yes/Hispanic or Latino   X X X X X X        
No/Not Hispanic or Latino/Not of Spanish, Hispanic, Latino origin X X X X X X X     X X
Puerto Rican X X X X X         X X
Cuban/Cuban American X X X X X         X X
Dominican (Republic)   X   X X           X
Mexican   X X   X           X
Mexican American   X X   X            
Mexican/Mexican American/Mexicano/Chicano X     X           X  
Central or South American   X   X X           X
Central American     X                
South American     X                
Spanish (from Spain)       X              
Spanish                     X
Spanish-Caribbean     X                
Other Latin American   X     X            
Other Hispanic/Latino/Spanish, Specify X X               X  
Other Hispanic/Latino, Specify       X X            
Other Spanish/Hispanic, Specify     X               X
Refused   X X X X            
Don't know/Unknown   X X X X           X

 

Categories Collected Census 2010 NHIS NIS NSDUH MEPS NAMCS NHAMCS Application for a SSN Minimum Data Set Certificate of Birth and Death SEER
Responses to race question in two-question format White X X X X X X X     X X
Black/African American   X X X X X X     X  
Black                     X
Black, African Am., or Negro X                    
American Indian   X X                
Alaska Native   X X                
American Indian or Alaska Native       X X X X        
American Indian or Alaska Native . Print name of enrolled or principal tribe X                 X  
American Indian, Aleutian, Alaskan Native, or Eskimo                     X
Native Hawaiian X X X X           X X
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander         X X X        
Samoan X X               X X
Guamanian or Chamorro X X               X X
Micronesian                     X
Polynesian                     X
Tahitian                     X
Tongan                     X
Melanesian                     X
Fiji Islander                     X
New Guinean                     X
Other Pacific Islander, Specify X X X X           X X
Asian     X X X X X        
Asian Indian X X   X X         X  
Asian Indian, Pakistani                     X
Chinese X X   X X         X X
Filipino X X   X X         X X
Japanese X X   X X         X X
Korean X X   X X         X X
Vietnamese X X   X X         X X
Other Asian: Specify X X   X X         X X
Laotian                     X
Hmong                     X
Kampuchean (including Khmer and Cambodian)                     X
Thai                     X
Some other race, Specify X X X X X         X X
Refused   X X   X            
Don't know/Unknown   X X   X           X

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Page last reviewed October 2014
Internet Citation: Table 3-2: Race and Ethnicity Categories Collected by Various Data Sources. October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/final-reports/iomracereport/reldata3tab3-2.html