Table 12_1_5-5a

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_5.5a
Adults who had a doctor's office or clinic visit in the last 12 months whose health providers sometimes or never explained things in a way they could understand, by race, United States, 2005
Population groupTotalSingle raceMultiple races
65 and over7.********
Family incomeaNegative/poor14.********
Near poor/low10.********
EducationbLess than high school13.50.812.70.916.82.2********
High school graduate8.********
At least some college6.******
Employment status, ages 18–64Employed7.******
Not employed12.00.810.20.821.72.4********
Health insurance, ages 18–64Any private7.******
Public only14.********
Health insurance, age 65 and overMedicare only6.**********
Medicare and private6.**********
Medicare and other public13.72.312.12.7**********
Residence locationcMetropolitan8.******
  Large central metro10.******
  Large fringe metro7.******
  Medium metro7.********
  Small metro9.********
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish8.******
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good7.******
Activity limitationscBasic activities11.40.810.50.915.91.9********
Complex activities13.********
Neither basic nor complex activities7.******

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_5-5a: 2008 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. September 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.