Table 14_1_5-4a

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_5.4a
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, 2006
    Single race  
  TotalWhiteBlackAsianNHOPIAI/ANMultiple races
Population groupPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSE
Total 30.80.531.40.624.
65 and over29.
Family incomeaNegative/poor28.
Near poor/low30.71.332.01.424.22.3DSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSU
EducationbLess than high school28.
High school graduate29.90.831.00.921.71.6DSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSU
At least some college32.00.732.20.827.
Employment status, ages 18–64Employed31.10.731.50.824.31.437.63.5DSUDSUDSUDSU43.45.3
Not employed31.
Health insurance, ages 18–64Any private31.30.731.70.824.31.537.13.4DSUDSUDSUDSU41.15.7
Public only31.31.432.71.826.92.4DSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSU
Health insurance, age 65 and overMedicare only31.41.832.51.923.14.5DSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSU
Medicare and private29.61.530.21.620.43.5DSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSU
Medicare and other public23.62.424.
Residence locationcMetropolitan30.80.631.30.625.
  Large central metro29.
  Large fringe metro30.
  Medium metro32.
  Small metro29.91.730.01.928.94.3DSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSU
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish30.70.631.40.624.
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good30.30.630.80.623.
Activity limitationscBasic activities32.
Complex activities32.21.433.21.525.72.5DSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSU
Neither basic nor complex activities30.50.631.00.624.

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.

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_5-4a: 2009 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. March 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.