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Communication with health care providers—understanding, adults, 2007 and 2010

Increase Desired

SOURCE: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), AHRQ.

NOTES: Data are for the proportion of adults aged 18 and over who reported that their health care providers always explained things so they could understand them. Respondents were asked to select one or more races. Data for the single-race categories are for persons who reported only one racial group. Persons of Hispanic origin may be of any race. 

Confidence Interval= 95% confidence interval.

 

The proportion of adults aged 18 and over who reported that their health care providers always explained things so they could understand them increased 1.0% between 2007 and 2010, from 60.0% to 60.6%; however this change was not statistically significant. The proportion varied by race and ethnicity. For example, in 2010, 66.5% of non-Hispanic black adults aged 18 and over reported that their health care providers always explained things so they could understand them, compared with 60.9% of non-Hispanic white adults, 58.6% of Asian adults, 55.4% of Hispanic or Latino adults, and 50.6% of American Indian or Alaska Native adults.

 
Revised: Thursday, March 28, 2013

Communication with health care providers—understanding, adults, 2007 and 2010

Increase Desired

SOURCE: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), AHRQ.

NOTES: Data are for the proportion of adults aged 18 and over who reported that their health care providers always explained things so they could understand them. Data by health insurance status are for adults aged 18–64. 

Confidence Interval= 95% confidence interval.

 

The proportion of adults aged 18 and over who reported that their health care providers always explained things so they could understand them increased 1.0% between 2007 and 2010, from 60.0% to 60.6%; however this change was not statistically significant. The proportion varied by health insurance status. For example, in 2010, 63.9% of adults aged 18 and over with private health insurance reported that their health care providers always explained things so they could understand them, compared with 52% of adults with public health insurance and 51.9% of adults without health insurance.

Revised: Thursday, March 28, 2013

Communication with health care providers—decision making, adults, 2007 and 2012

Increase Desired

SOURCE: Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS), NIH/NCI.
NOTES: Data are for the proportion of adults aged 18 and over who reported that their health care providers always involved them in decisions about their health care as much as they wanted. Respondents were asked to select one or more races. Data for the single-race categories are for persons who reported only one racial group. Persons of Hispanic origin may be of any race. 
Confidence Interval = 95% confidence interval.

The proportion of adults aged 18 and over who reported that their health care providers always involved them in decisions about their health care as much as they wanted increased 1.2% between 2007 and 2012, from 51.6% to 52.2%; however this change was not statistically significant. The proportion varied by race and ethnicity. For example, in 2012, 55.3% of Hispanic or Latino adults aged 18 and over reported that their health care providers always involved them in decisions about their health care as much as they wanted, compared with 35.3% of Asian adults.

Revised: Sunday, August 25, 2013

Communication with health care providers—decision making, adults, 2007 and 2012

Increase Desired

SOURCE: Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS), NIH/NCI.

NOTES: Data are for the proportion of adults aged 18 and over who reported that their health care providers always involved them in decisions about their health care as much as they wanted. Data by education are for persons aged 25 and over. 

Confidence Interval = 95% confidence interval.

 

The proportion of adults aged 18 and over who reported that their health care providers always involved them in decisions about their health care as much as they wanted increased 1.2% between 2007 and 2012, from 51.6% to 52.2%; however this change was not statistically significant. The proportion varied by education; however, these differences were not statistically significant. For example, in 2012, 52.9% of adults aged 25 and over with some college education or an Associate degree reported that their health care providers always involved them in decisions about their health care as much as they wanted, compared with 50.8% of those with less than a high school education and 48.0% of those with a four-year college degree.

Revised: Monday, August 25, 2014

Broadband access to the Internet, adults, 2012

Increase Desired

SOURCE: Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS), NIH/NCI.
NOTES: Data are for the proportion of adults aged 18 and over who reported having broadband access to the Internet. Respondents were asked to select one or more races. Data for the single-race categories are for persons who reported only one racial group. Persons of Hispanic origin may be of any race.
Confidence Interval = 95% confidence interval.

In 2012, 75.6% of adults aged 18 and over reported having broadband access to the Internet. This rate varied by family income. For example, 81.6% of adults aged 18 and over whose family incomes were $75,000 and above reported having broadband access to the Internet, compared with 69.9% of those below $20,000.

Revised: Thursday, March 28, 2013

Use of electronic health records, medical practices, 2007–2013

Increase Desired

SOURCE: National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS), CDC/NCHS.

NOTES: Data are for the proportion of medical practices that used electronic health records and are based on a sample of visits to non-federal employed office-based physicians who were primarily engaged in direct patient care.

Confidence Interval = 95% confidence interval.

The proportion of medical practices primarily engaged in direct patient care that use electronic health records increased 175.6% between 2007 and 2013, from 25.0% to 68.9%, nearly a threefold increase. 

Revised: Monday, August 25, 2014

National Snapshots Help

HEALTHY PEOPLE 2020 NATIONAL SNAPSHOTS

A User's Guide

  1. National snapshots provide a visual display of progress for selected objectives in each Healthy People 2020 Topic Area, whenever data are available.

  2. The snapshot heading describes the snapshot theme, the population to which the snapshot applies (when needed for clarification), and the data year(s). The snapshot heading is not meant to capture the full scientific scope of the objective(s) that is (are) displayed. The user can find complete technical information about the objective(s) in the Data Details.

  3. The snapshot visual display is generally one of three types: a line graph, a bar chart, or a map. 

  4. The snapshot notes and footnotes indicate any technical information about the data that the user needs to correctly interpret the visual display, together with any key data limitations (when applicable). Although the snapshots are intended to be standalone, the user should consult the objective(s) Data Details for the full range of methodology issues that may impact interpretation.

  5. The snapshot source(s) indicate the data source(s) used to create the visual display.

  6. Age-adjusted data are adjusted using the year 2000 standard population.

  7. Education and income are the primary measures of socioeconomic status in Healthy People 2020. Unless otherwise noted, income is defined as a family’s income before taxes; thus, the terms “income” and “family income” are used interchangeably in the snapshots.

  8. To facilitate comparisons among groups and over time, while adjusting for family size and for inflation, Healthy People 2020 categorizes family income using the Poverty Threshold (PT), sometimes also referred to as the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), developed by the Census Bureau. Unless otherwise overridden by considerations specific to the data system, the five categories of family income primarily used are: 

    1. Below the PT (i.e., less than 100% of the PT) 

    2. At 100%–199% of the PT 

    3. At 200%–399% of the PT 

    4. At 400%–599% of the PT 

    5. At or above 600% of the PT.

  9. A snapshot narrative paragraph highlights some key features of the visual display. The narrative text is not meant to provide an exhaustive analysis of the data displayed. For a more in-depth analysis, the user should refer to the applicable data table(s) and objective(s) Data Details.

  10. The user should keep in mind the following: 

    1. When two rates or proportions are highlighted for comparison (and measures of variability are available), the user may interpret the highlighted difference to be statistically significant at the 0.05 level, unless otherwise stated.

    2. Only selected differences are highlighted in the narrative text. Differences visible in the visual data display but not highlighted in the text still may well be statistically significant.

Revised: Monday, August 25, 2014