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Table 4-1: Summary of Question Types and Categories

Race, Ethnicity, and Language Data: Standardization for Health Care Qu

Table 4-1. Summary of Question Types and Categories

Question TypeQuestion Examples / Categories
English ProficiencyQuestion Examples: Categories:
Spoken LanguageQuestion Examples: Categories:
  • Names of specific languages in use in the United States, approximately 600 categories
Plus:
  • Other, please specify:____
  • Sign language(s)
Language Spoken at HomeQuestion Examples: Categories:
  • Names of specific languages in use in the United States
  • Census denominator available for many but not all languages
Written LanguageQuestion Examples: Categories:
  • Names of specific languages in use in the United States
  • Braille
Mandated:
  • Threshold language categories may be required by law and applicable to an entity in different states

a Health Care Language Assistance Act of 2003, California S.B. 853 § 1367 (October 8, 2003).

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Internet Citation: Table 4-1: Summary of Question Types and Categories: Race, Ethnicity, and Language Data: Standardization for Health Care Qu. March 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/final-reports/iomracereport/reldata4tab4-1.html