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 8_3_2.2_1
Admissions for asthmaa per 100,000 population,b age 65 and over, United States, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2007, and 2008
Population groupRateSERateSERateSERateSERateSE
Total 247.38.1216.16.8245.37.8219.97.1159.35.2
85 and over282.310.9237.19.0278.812.6235.711.1182.97.8
Median income of patient's ZIP CodeFirst quartile (lowest income)305.318.6268.814.5303.716.2272.916.5226.413.8
Second quartile239.912.0208.110.8228.810.8213.110.6153.48.0
Third quartile224.113.0197.610.8223.611.3193.59.8132.87.8
Fourth quartile (highest income)219.416.7182.312.7224.916.8190.414.3130.49.7
Location of patient residenceLarge central metropolitan312.826.1259.121.0294.423.4275.324.4196.117.6
Large fringe metropolitan271.424.3228.821.4262.526.4228.722.3161.613.4
Medium metropolitan190.418.6177.018.2209.820.1169.716.3118.214.8
Small metropolitan186.523.2204.525.6176.422.5190.723.4132.616.2
Region of inpatient treatmentNortheast286.522.5243.519.1267.020.6243.721.6209.617.5

a. Consistent with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Prevention Quality Indicators (PQI) software, asthma must be the principal diagnosis, and the following cases are excluded: admissions with cystic fibrosis or anomalies of the respiratory system and transfers from other institutions. The PQI software was modified to limit asthma discharges to age 65 and over.

b. Rates are adjusted by age and gender using the total U.S. resident 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.

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, modified version 4.1.


Page last reviewed October 2014
Internet Citation: T8_3_2_2_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/nhqrdr11/8_respiratorydiseases/T8_3_2_2_1.html