Table 17_1_7-1

2010 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 17_1_7.1
Emergency department visits per 100 population,a United States, 2001-2008
Population groupSample sizeNumber of visits (in thousands)RateSERateSERateSERateSERateSERateSERateSERateSE
Total 69,624240,56340.41.540.01.540.11.538.91.539.11.338.
65 and over10,35736,79650.11.948.51.948.11.746.51.748.31.747.81.548.41.848.91.9
RacebWhite only48,830174,57636.71.736.
Black only17,06656,85575.84.977.36.774.
Asian only2,0304,68917.52.317.
AI/AN only5702,02734.310.2DSUDSU33.910.026.47.524.95.4DSUDSUDNADNADNADNA
Multiple racesDSUDSUDSUDSU7.
Location of hospitalMetropolitan60,685201,80940.41.940.51.940.71.839.61.939.01.639.41.4DNADNA36.01.4

a Population used for rate calculation is U.S. Census Bureau estimated civilian noninstitutional population on July 1 each year.

b Race data had missing values each year. Approximately 15.5% of 2007-2008 visits had missing race data.� Missing race data were imputed, and standard errors were inflated as described in "2007 NAMCS Microdata File Documentation,"

DNA - Data have not been analyzed.

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; MSA: metropolitan statistical area; SE: standard error.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey.


Page last reviewed October 2014
Internet Citation: Table 17_1_7-1: 2010 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.