Preventable (PQI) Inpatient Visit Rates by Socioeconomic Status, Race/Ethnicity and Geography

New York Finger Lakes Region

The charts below show that preventable inpatient visit (PQI) rates vary greatly by socioeconomic status. But there are additional disparities not explained by SES. The PQI rates for African-Americans are much higher than whites or Latinos at every SES level. Latino rates are significantly higher than whites in SES 1 and 2, but not at higher SES levels. The right-hand chart shows that while suburban and rural PQI rates are similar at each SES level, the urban rates are higher in lower socioeconomic levels, especially in SES 1.


Methodology note: The SES index ranking was developed by Common Ground Health and calculated using a variety of socioeconomic indicators from the American Community Survey including average income, poverty rates, education levels, housing value, and homeownership. Each ZIP code is assigned a socioeconomic (SES) index ranking from 1 to 5. The lower SES ZIP codes tend to have lower average income, higher poverty rates, lower prevalence of college degrees, etc.

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