Table 12_1_5-4a

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_5.4a
Adults who had a doctor's office or clinic visit in the last 12 months whose health providers usually explained things in a way they could understand, by race, United States, 2005
Population groupTotalSingle raceMultiple races
65 and over30.********
Family incomeaNegative/poor28.91.331.51.721.12.0********
Near poor/low30.********
EducationbLess than high school29.********
High school graduate31.10.832.30.923.02.2********
At least some college31.90.732.30.825.71.736.83.1******
Employment status, ages 18–64Employed31.20.631.60.725.71.737.93.4****31.04.9
Not employed33.******
Health insurance, ages 18–64Any private31.50.631.90.724.21.638.43.6****34.75.2
Public only31.61.434.21.825.22.5********
Health insurance, age 65 and overMedicare only30.31.932.********
Medicare and private31.31.331.81.418.23.4********
Medicare and other public24.12.626.83.314.63.8********
Residence locationcMetropolitan31.30.532.00.624.61.436.03.0****26.94.0
  Large central metro31.90.833.******
  Large fringe metro29.******
  Medium metro31.********
  Small metro32.51.733.81.818.22.8********
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish31.00.531.70.624.01.339.83.9****28.03.9
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good30.90.531.40.624.41.434.92.8****31.94.3
Activity limitationscBasic activities33.********
Complex activities34.21.437.31.622.32.8********
Neither basic nor complex activities30.80.631.10.624.81.536.33.0****34.25.2

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_5-4a: 2008 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. September 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.