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

Table 4-2. Correlations Between Self-Reported English Ability in Speaking, Reading, and Writing

English Speak Read Write
Speak 1    
Read 0.9254 1  
Write 0.8974 0.9357 1
Latino Speak Read Write
Speak 1    
Read 0.6735 1  
Write 0.6582 0.8548 1
Asian Speak Read Write
Speak 1    
Read 0.8112 1  
Write 0.7736 0.925 1

a Source: Subcommittee analysis based on data from National Latino and Asian American Study (Alegría et al., 2004a, 2004b).

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Table 4-3. Relationship of Speaking and Reading Ability

Reported English-Speaking Ability Percent Who Say They Can
Read a Newspaper in English,
1986 (%)
Percent Who Report No
Difficulty Filling Out an
English Form, 1980 (%)
Very well 98 96
Well 93 78
Not well 69 38
Not at all 0 5

Source: Siegel et al., 2001.

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Page last reviewed October 2014
Internet Citation: Table 4-2. Correlations Between Self-Reported English Ability in Speaking, Reading, and Writing. October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/final-reports/iomracereport/reldata4tab4-23.html