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_4_4.1_1
All emergency department visits for asthmaa per 100,000 population (including inpatient admissions),b ages 2-17, United States, 2008
Population groupRateSE
Total 852.544.1
Median income of patient's ZIP CodeFirst quartile (lowest income)1,196.397.6
Second quartile916.962.4
Third quartile731.848.7
Fourth quartile (highest income)553.547.4
Location of patient residenceLarge central metropolitan911.4105.8
Large fringe metropolitan850.883.2
Medium metropolitan906.5101.8
Small metropolitan738.384.7
Location of inpatient treatmentNortheast1,197.1119.2

a. Consistent with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Pediatric Quality Indicators (PDI) software, asthma must be the principal diagnosis and the following cases are excluded: admissions with cystic fibrosis or anomalies of the respiratory system, transfers from other institutions, and obstetric admissions.

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

Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, Nationwide Inpatient Sample and Nationwide Emergency Department Sample, 2008, and AHRQ Quality Indicators, modified version 4.1.


Page last reviewed October 2014
Internet Citation: T14_4_4_1_1: 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_4_4_1_1.html