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MEPS Topics: Quality of Health Care
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Quality of Health Care
Description: Several quality of health care items are asked in the self-administered questionnaire (SAQ) of the MEPS-HC. Topics include experiences with getting an appointment, experiences at the appointment, and smoking and blood pressure related topics.The quality of care measures were taken from an AHRQ-sponsored instrument, the Consumer Assessment of Health Plans (CAHPS®).

In addition to the MEPS publications listed below, the annual National Healthcare Quality Report is available at

Data tables: The Quality of Care tables in the HC Summary Data Tables contain data for several health care measures.
Analytic tools: No health care quality variables are available in the MEPSnet query tools at this time.
Publications: Publications are listed in reverse chronological order (most recent first).
Parents' Experiences in Obtaining Health Care for Children, Ages 0-17, Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2011 
Statistical Brief #463 
Experiences with Health Care Providers during Routine Care, Adult U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2011 
Statistical Brief #462 
Experiences with Health Care Providers among Cancer Survivors, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2011 
Statistical Brief #451 
Patient-Provider Communication by Race/Ethnicity and Disability Status: United States, 2007 
Statistical Brief #312 
Differences in Access to Care for Non-Hispanic Asian and Non-Hispanic White Children, 2002-2005 
Statistical Brief #224 
Demographics and Health Care Access and Utilization of Limited-English-Proficient and English-Proficient Hispanics 
Research Findings #28 
Treatment of Sore Throats: Antibiotic Prescriptions and Throat Cultures for Children under 18 Years of Age, 2002-2004 (Average Annual) 
Statistical Brief #137 
The High Concentration of U.S. Health Care Expenditures 
Research in Action #19 
Racial and Ethnic Differences in Health Insurance Coverage and Usual Source of Health Care, 2002 
Chartbook #14 
Trends in the Use of Diuretics to Treat Hypertension, 1997 and 2003 
Statistical Brief #120 
Diuretic Use in the Treatment of Hypertension, by Selected Population Characteristics, 2003 
Statistical Brief #119 
Children's Dental Care: Periodicity of Checkups and Access to Care, 2003 
Statistical Brief #113 
Utilization and Expenditures for Children with Special Health Care Needs 
Research Findings #24 
Diabetes Management: Tests and Treatments among the 18 and Older U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population in 2003 
Statistical Brief #105 
Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance for Large Employers in the Private Sector, by Industry Classification, 2003 
Statistical Brief #89 
Access to Care and Use of Preventive Services, 2002: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, Age 18 to 64 
Statistical Brief #82 
Access to Urgent Medical Care among Adults 18 Years and Older, 2000-2002 
Statistical Brief #74 
Trends in Access to Routine Care and Experiences with Care: 2001 
Statistical Brief #14 
Children's Access to Necessary Health Care, Fall 2001 
Statistical Brief #12 
Access to Urgent Medical Care: 2001 
Statistical Brief #8 
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