Table 15_1_1-2

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 15_1_1.2
Potentially avoidable hospitalizations per 100,000 population for acute conditions, age 18 and over, United States, 2000 and 2006
Population groupRateaSERateaSE
Total 682.915.1731.112.6
65 and over2,767.562.02,875.055.6
  85 and over6,487.3157.07,793.5167.2
Median income of patient's ZIP codeFirst quartile (lowest income)856.529.01,086.539.1
Second quartile715.327.8757.025.8
Third quartile609.824.1626.726.0
Fourth quartile (highest income)567.634.2536.833.0
Location of patient residenceLarge central metropolitan672.049.1715.247.1
Large fringe metropolitan613.144.1757.152.4
Medium metropolitan603.852.4573.755.8
Small metropolitan631.569.3665.470.3
Micropolitan (nonmetro)848.841.0816.348.1
Noncore (nonmetro)974.042.81,075.150.9
Region of inpatient treatmentNortheast657.335.3731.133.5

a Rates are adjusted by age and gender using the total U.S. population for 2000 as the standard population; when reporting is by age, the adjustment is by gender only; when reporting is by gender, the adjustment is by age only.

Key: SE: standard error.

Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, Nationwide Inpatient Sample and AHRQ Quality Indicators, version 3.1.


Current as of March 2010
Internet Citation: Table 15_1_1-2: 2009 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. March 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.