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AHS-5.1 Data Details

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AHS-5.1 Increase the proportion of persons of all ages who have a specific source of ongoing care

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

Data Source: 
National Health Interview Survey
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
No
Measure: 
percent
Baseline (Year): 
86.4 (2008)
Target: 
95.0
Target-Setting Method: 
10 percent improvement
Numerator: 

Number of persons who report having a specific source of primary care

Denominator: 

Number of persons

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective: 
Retained from HP2010 objective
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data: 

    From the 2008 National Health Interview Survey:

    [NUMERATOR:]

    [Persons aged 18 years and over:]

    Is there a place that you USUALLY go to when you are sick or need advice about your health?

    1. Yes
    2. There is NO place
    3. There is MORE THAN ONE place
    4. Refused
    5. Don’t know

    What kind of place is it – a clinic, doctor’s office, emergency room, or some other place?

    1. Clinic or health center
    2. Doctor's office or HMO
    3. Hospital emergency room
    4. Hospital outpatient department
    5. Some other place
    6. Doesn't go to one place most often
    7. Refused
    8. Don’t know

    [Children and adolescents under age 18 years:]

    Is there a place that [alias] USUALLY goes to when [he/she] is sick or you need advice about [his/her] health?

    1. Yes
    2. There is NO place
    3. There is MORE THAN ONE place
    4. Refused
    5. Don’t know

    What kind of place does [alias] go to most often – a clinic, doctor’s office, emergency room, or some other place?

    1. Clinic or health center
    2. Doctor's office or HMO
    3. Hospital emergency room
    4. Hospital outpatient department
    5. Some other place
    6. Doesn't go to one place most often
    7. Refused
    8. Don’t know
Data Collection Frequency: 
Annual
Methodology Notes: 

    A specific source of primary care includes responses (1), (2), (4), (5), and (6) to the second question listed in the numerator section.

Trend Issues: 
Beginning with 2018, the American Community Survey questions are no longer available in the NHIS. As a result, tabulated data by disability are discontinued after 2017.