Table 12_1_5-4b

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_5.4b
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 ethnicity, United States, 2005
Population groupTotalNon-HispanicHispanic, all races
All racesWhiteBlack
PercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSE
Total31.30.531.20.532.00.623.61.332.61.7
Age18–4431.70.831.50.832.30.925.31.833.32.0
45–6431.40.831.30.931.91.023.52.133.42.5
65 and over30.31.030.51.031.81.218.22.427.34.7
GenderMale31.20.831.10.831.80.922.82.132.22.5
Female31.40.631.30.632.20.724.21.432.91.8
Family incomeaNegative/poor28.91.327.41.530.22.020.72.036.82.9
Near poor/low30.61.130.51.331.61.526.12.731.32.4
Middle31.50.931.51.032.41.122.41.931.83.1
High32.00.832.00.832.20.825.42.432.03.2
EducationbLess than high school29.91.228.31.229.01.522.62.535.32.8
High school graduate31.10.831.10.832.40.922.72.130.72.5
At least some college31.90.732.10.832.50.825.01.730.02.2
Employment status, ages 18–64Employed31.20.631.10.631.50.725.11.632.81.8
Not employed33.01.132.71.134.51.323.32.334.82.7
Health insurance, ages 18–64Any private31.50.631.50.632.00.723.61.631.31.9
Public only31.61.430.81.734.12.324.52.634.92.8
Uninsured32.41.730.81.931.62.330.84.937.53.4
Health insurance, age 65 and overMedicare only30.31.930.22.032.02.219.94.3**
Medicare and private31.31.331.71.332.21.418.93.5**
Medicare and other public24.12.623.42.926.84.114.73.827.35.1
Residence locationcMetropolitan31.30.531.20.532.00.624.21.432.31.7
  Large central metro31.90.831.80.933.11.126.12.132.41.9
  Large fringe metro29.91.029.91.030.11.223.32.729.83.8
  Medium metro31.51.031.41.132.21.122.42.634.05.1
  Small metro32.51.732.41.633.81.818.22.833.95.2
Nonmetropolitan31.61.231.41.232.41.319.04.736.76.2
  Micropolitan31.61.631.11.631.91.8**41.26.7
  Noncore31.62.232.02.233.32.315.43.7**
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish31.00.531.20.532.00.623.71.327.51.9
Other35.62.132.33.035.15.0**37.52.5
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good30.90.530.60.531.20.623.91.433.41.8
Fair/poor33.81.034.31.137.01.322.72.129.42.7
Activity limitationscBasic activities33.91.134.01.236.41.422.82.532.44.2
Complex activities34.21.434.21.537.61.722.42.833.24.6
Neither basic nor complex activities30.80.630.60.631.00.724.51.532.61.7

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: 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_5-4b: 2008 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. September 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/nhqrdr/nhqrdr08/12_patientcenteredness/T12_1_5-4b.html