Table 12_1_5-3a

2008 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports

The National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) is a comprehensive national overview of quality of health care in the United States. It is organized around four dimensions of quality of care: effectiveness, patient safety, timeliness, and patient centeredness.

Table 12_1_5.3a
Adults who had a doctor's office or clinic visit in the last 12 months whose health providers always explained things in a way they could understand, by race, United States, 2005
Population groupTotalSingle raceMultiple races
65 and over62.********
Family incomeaNegative/poor57.01.656.41.959.72.8********
Near poor/low58.********
EducationbLess than high school56.61.356.41.560.93.1********
High school graduate60.10.960.00.964.02.3********
At least some college61.70.761.70.866.91.953.93.1******
Employment status, ages 18–64Employed61.10.761.10.766.01.750.33.5****60.35.9
Not employed55.******
Health insurance, ages 18–64Any private61.20.661.20.766.31.750.63.4****58.26.0
Public only54.11.652.71.956.93.1********
Health insurance, age 65 and overMedicare only62.********
Medicare and private62.61.462.41.670.14.5********
Medicare and other public62.********
Residence locationcMetropolitan60.30.560.30.664.51.550.63.0****64.44.5
  Large central metro58.00.957.******
  Large fringe metro63.******
  Medium metro61.********
  Small metro58.21.857.********
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish61.00.560.80.664.71.551.43.6****63.44.3
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good61.80.661.90.665.81.553.53.0****59.35.0
Activity limitationscBasic activities54.71.353.51.560.92.8********
Complex activities52.11.450.41.658.13.6********
Neither basic nor complex activities61.70.661.90.765.61.551.13.0****58.06.0

a Negative/poor refers to household incomes below the Federal poverty line; near poor/low, over the poverty line to just below 200 percent of the poverty line; middle, 200 percent to just below 400 percent of the poverty line; and high, 400 percent of the poverty line and over.

b Less than high school refers to fewer than 12 years of education; high school graduate, 12 years of education; and at least some college, more than 12 years of education.

c For more information, see the MEPS entry in Appendix A, Data Sources.

* - Data do not meet the criteria for statistical reliability, data quality, or confidentiality.

Key: AI/AN: American Indian or Alaska Native; NHOPI: Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; SE: standard error.

Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey.


Current as of September 2009
Internet Citation: Table 12_1_5-3a: 2008 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. September 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.