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 9_2_5.1
Adults with chronic joint symptoms who have ever seen a doctor or other health professional for joint symptoms,a United States, 2009
Population groupPercentSE
Total 70.50.8
65 and over83.21.0
RaceAI/AN only57.57.2
Asian only62.44.6
Black only75.11.9
White only70.20.9
Multiple races70.85.3
EthnicityHispanic, all races65.92.0
Non-Hispanic, all races71.30.9
  Non-Hispanic, Black75.22.0
  Non-Hispanic, White71.01.0
Health insurance,b ages 18-64All persons under 65 years72.31.1
Health insurance, age 65 and overAll persons 65 years and over83.21.0
  Medicare and private83.81.2
  Medicare and public87.12.2
  Medicare only80.32.0
Family incomecNegative/poor72.21.9
Near poor/low68.11.8
Education, age 25 and overLess than high school67.12.3
High school graduate72.31.4
At least some college72.51.0
Location of residencedMetropolitan71.00.9
  Large central metro68.21.7
  Large fringe metro73.41.7
  Medium metro71.01.7
  Small metro72.32.0
Micropolitan (nonmetropolitan)69.82.4
Noncore (nonmetropolitan)66.43.0
Activity limitationsdBasic activities86.41.2
Complex activities86.91.2
Neither basic nor complex activities63.01.0

a. Estimates are age adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population. Age data and health insurance data for age 65 and over are unadjusted.

b. A small number of people who were covered by both public and private health insurance plans were included in the "private" category only.

c. Negative/poor refers to family incomes below the Federal poverty line for a given household size and composition; 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.

d. For more information, see the National Health Interview Survey entry in Appendix A, Data Sources.

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: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Health Interview Survey.


Page last reviewed March 2012
Internet Citation: T9_2_5_1: 2011 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. March 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/nhqrdr/nhqrdr11/9_musculoskeletal/T9_2_5_1.html