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Box 1. Children's Health Care Quality Measures in the 2009 NHRQ and NH

Selected Findings From the 2009 National Healthcare Quality and Dispar

Box 1. Children's Health Care Quality Measures in the 2009 NHRQ and NHDR (go to )

Birth-Related Issues
Women who completed a pregnancy in the last 12 months who received prenatal care in the first trimester.
Live-born infants with low birth weight (<2,500 g, <1,500 g).
Infant deaths per 1,000 live births (total, <1,500 g, 1,500-2,499 g, ≥2,500 g).

Childhood Immunization
Composite measure: Children ages 19-35 months who received all recommended vaccines (also includes individual measures for diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, polio, measles-mumps-rubella, Haemophilus influenzae type B, and hepatitis B vaccines).
Children ages 19-35 months who received 1 dose of varicella vaccine.

Other Childhood Preventive Care
Children who ever had their height and weight measured by a health provider.
Children ages 2-17 who had a dental visit in the calendar year.
Children ages 2-17 with untreated dental caries.
People ages 2-19 who were overweight who were told by a health provider they were overweight.
Children ages 2-17 for whom a health provider ever gave advice about the amount and kind of exercise, sports, or physically active hobbies they should have.
Children ages 2-17 for whom a health provider ever gave advice about healthy eating.
Children ages 3-6 who ever had their vision checked by a health provider.
Children for whom a health provider ever gave advice about how smoking in the house can be bad for a child.
Children 0-40 lb for whom a health provider ever gave advice about using child safety seats when riding in a car.
Children 41-80 lb for whom a health provider ever gave advice about using booster seats when riding in a car.
Children over 80 lb for whom a health provider ever gave advice about using lap or shoulder belts when riding in a car.
Children ages 2-17 for whom a health provider ever gave advice about using a helmet when riding a bicycle or motorcycle.

Hospitalizations for Diabetes
Hospital admissions for short-term complications of diabetes per 100,000 population, ages 6-17 and 18+.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Children ages 12-17 with a major depressive episode in the last 12 months who received treatment for depression in the last 12 months.

Management of Asthma
Hospital admissions for asthma per 100,000 population ages 2-17 and 18-64.

Timeliness
Children who had an appointment for routine health care in the last 12 months who got appointments for routine care as soon as wanted.
Children who needed care right away for an illness, injury, or condition in the last 12 months who got care as soon as wanted.

Patient Centeredness
Composite measure: Children who had a doctor's office or clinic visit in the last 12 months whose health providers listened carefully, explained things clearly, respected what they or their parents had to say, and spent enough time with them (also includes individual measures for each component).
Rating of health care for children who had a doctor's office or clinic visit in the last 12 months.
Parents who reported that they always received test results for their child, that their child's personal doctor always seemed informed and up to date about care received from specialist doctors, and that other providers at their child's doctor's office always had all the information they needed.
Children with special health care needs who received coordinated care.

Patient Safety
Accidental puncture or laceration during procedure per 1,000 discharges, children under 18.
Birth trauma—injury to neonate per 1,000 selected live births.

Avoidable Hospitalizations
Perforated appendixes per 1,000 admissions with appendicitis, ages 1-17.

Access to Care
Children who did not have problems seeing a specialist they needed to see in the last 12 months.
People under age 65 with health insurance.

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Current as of June 2010
Internet Citation: Box 1. Children's Health Care Quality Measures in the 2009 NHRQ and NH: Selected Findings From the 2009 National Healthcare Quality and Dispar. June 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/nhqrdr/nhqrdr09/children-box-1.html