2011 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_5.2a
Adults who had a doctor's office or clinic visit in the last 12 months whose health providers sometimes or never explained things clearly,a by race, United States, 2008
    Single race  
  TotalWhiteBlackAsianNHOPIAI/ANMultiple races
Population groupPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSE
65 and over7.
Family incomebNegative/poor13.90.912.
Near poor/low11.00.810.60.912.41.4DSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSU
EducationcLess than high school12.50.911.
High school graduate10.
At least some college������������
Employment status, ages 18-64Employed8.
Not employed10.
Health insurance, ages 18-64Any private6.
Public only15.
Health insurance, age 65 and overMedicare only7.
Medicare and private7.
Medicare and other public12.
Residence locationdMetropolitan8.
  Large central metro�
  Large fringe metro��
  Medium metro9.
  Small metro8.
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish�
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good7.
Activity limitationsdBasic activities�12.90.912.
Complex activities��
Neither basic nor complex activities7.
U.S. bornYes8.

a. Denominator includes adults who had a doctor's office or clinic visit in the last 12 months, excluding missing data.

b. 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.

c. 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.

d. For more information, see the MEPS entry in Appendix B: Detailed Methods.

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.


Page last reviewed October 2014
Internet Citation: T14_1_5_2a: 2011 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/nhqrdr/nhqrdr11/14_patientcenteredness/T14_1_5_2a.html