AHRQ survey details use of health care for chronic conditions – Newsletter

AHRQ survey details use of health care for chronic conditions – Newsletter – Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Matthew Neff

Results from a survey conducted by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) of people in the United States who were at least 18 years of age showed that, by self-report, 10.3 percent have heart disease, 23.0 percent have high blood pressure, 9.1 percent have asthma, and 6.2 percent have diabetes. The results were included in a statistical brief titled Medical Care and Treatment for Chronic Conditions, 2000 and is part of the AHRQ’s Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) that annually collects information on health care use, access, health status, and quality from a nationally representative sample of people. The sample includes people living in American households, but does not include people who are serving in active military or who are living in nursing homes, other long-term care facilities, or prisons. In 2000, MEPS was expanded to include the collection of data concerning selected chronic conditions, the preventive services or treatments people with these conditions use, and the quality of health care received by people in the United States. The statistical brief is available on the Web at www.meps.ahrq.gov/papers/st5/stat05.htm, and general information about MEPS is available at www.meps.ahrq.gov.

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