Table 14_1_5-1

2009 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 14_1_5.1
Adults who had a doctor's office or clinic visit in the last 12 months whose health providers explained things in a way they could understand, United States, 2006
    Health providers explained things clearly
    AlwaysUsuallySometimes or never
Population groupTotal population (in thousands)dPercent with visitPercentSEPercentSEPercentSE
Total 221,66470.860.90.530.80.58.20.3
Age18–44110,21061.460.80.930.10.89.10.5
45–6475,46776.460.00.832.40.87.60.4
65 and over35,98888.463.11.129.61.17.40.6
GenderMale106,99762.161.80.830.10.78.10.5
Female114,66879.060.30.731.40.68.30.4
RaceWhite, single race180,80272.060.80.631.40.67.80.4
Black, single race25,38767.565.81.324.51.09.70.6
Asian, single race10,10059.252.33.136.22.911.51.7
NHOPI, single raceDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSU
AI/AN, single race1,84874.360.46.525.65.414.03.6
Multiple races2,88066.552.64.537.14.310.33.1
EthnicityNon-Hispanic, all races192,14773.961.30.631.00.67.70.4
Non-Hispanic, White152,52875.961.20.731.60.77.20.4
Non-Hispanic, Black24,93567.866.11.324.31.19.60.6
Hispanic, all races29,51750.757.71.429.31.213.10.9
Family incomeaNegative/poor23,41462.658.41.428.51.213.21.0
Near poor/low37,19164.257.31.430.71.312.00.8
Middle69,05368.259.41.031.00.99.60.6
High92,00777.563.60.931.30.85.10.4
EducationbLess than high school40,39962.458.81.228.81.112.50.9
High school graduate68,26066.660.60.829.90.89.50.6
At least some college111,76076.361.70.732.00.76.30.4
Employment status, ages 18–64Employed149,15166.460.90.731.10.78.00.4
Not employed36,43971.958.41.131.41.010.20.8
Health insurance, ages 18–64Any private136,82773.262.00.731.30.76.80.4
Public only16,73473.252.91.631.31.415.81.3
Uninsured32,11639.655.11.830.11.614.91.3
Health insurance, age 65 and overMedicare only10,92785.861.11.931.41.87.41.2
Medicare and private20,86290.864.21.529.61.56.30.7
Medicare and other public3,90485.663.02.823.62.413.41.7
Residence locationcMetropolitan184,53670.560.90.630.80.68.30.4
  Large central metro66,20167.160.31.129.81.09.90.6
  Large fringe metro52,60773.061.71.130.41.07.80.7
  Medium metro46,18973.260.01.132.91.17.10.7
  Small metro19,54069.462.82.029.91.77.40.8
Nonmetropolitan37,12872.161.11.431.01.37.90.7
  Micropolitan24,71971.360.81.531.11.58.10.6
  Noncore12,41073.861.81.930.81.97.51.3
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish197,47273.561.50.630.70.67.80.3
Other24,17548.853.71.932.11.614.21.2
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good192,99068.662.60.630.30.67.10.3
Fair/poor28,67485.751.81.333.91.114.30.9
Activity limitationscBasic activities29,66587.856.11.132.21.111.70.9
Complex activities17,41888.054.31.632.21.413.51.2
Neither basic nor complex activities186,63868.062.10.630.50.67.40.3

a Negative/poor refers to household incomes below the Federal poverty line; near poor/low, 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.

d Total adult population, age 18 and over. Numbers may not add to total due to missing values or rounding.

DSU - 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 March 2010
Internet Citation: Table 14_1_5-1: 2009 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. March 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/nhqrdr/nhqrdr09/14_patientcenteredness/T14_1_5-1.html