Table 12_1_5-5b

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_5.5b
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 ethnicity, United States, 2005
Population groupTotalNon-HispanicHispanic, all races
All racesWhiteBlack
65 and over7.
Family incomeaNegative/poor14.
Near poor/low10.90.810.
EducationbLess than high school13.50.813.
High school graduate8.
At least some college6.
Employment status, ages 18–64Employed7.
Not employed12.00.811.
Health insurance, ages 18–64Any private7.
Public only14.
Health insurance, age 65 and overMedicare only6.****
Medicare and private6.****
Medicare and other public13.72.314.92.713.43.5****
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 activities11.40.811.20.810.10.916.11.913.92.9
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: 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_5-5b: 2008 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. September 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.