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California

Strongest and Weakest Measures


California's Strongest Measures

Strongest Measures are those in which the State performed above the all-State average and are strongest among their measures relative to all reporting States. This State may be leading the way in quality in these measures.

Note: The best result for each measure can be either the highest or lowest value. The direction representing best is noted in the "Best" column.

Measure Short Name Measure Long Name Best
Fecal occult blood tests Percentage of adults age 50 and over who received a fecal occult blood test in the last 2 years Highest
Dialysis and on kidney transplant list Percentage of dialysis patients under age 70 who were registered on a waiting list for transplantation Highest
Adult admissions - COPD Adult admissions for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (excluding obstetric admissions and transfers from other institutions) per 100,000 population, age 18 and over, by State, 2004-2007 Lowest
Adult admissions - bacterial pneumonia Bacterial pneumonia admissions (excluding sickle cell or hemoglobin-S conditions, transfers from other institutions, and obstetric admissions) per 100,000 adult population Lowest
Nursing home short-stay residents - with delirium Percentage of short-stay nursing home residents with delirium Lowest
Home health care - needed urgent care Percentage of home health care patients who need urgent, unplanned medical care Lowest


California's Weakest Measures

Weakest Measures are those in which the State performed below the all-State average and are weakest among their measures relative to all reporting States. These measures highlight some of the opportunities for improvement.

Note: The best result for each measure can be either the highest or lowest value. The direction representing best is noted in the "Best" column.

Measure Short Name Measure Long Name Best
Pneumonia vaccine ever - high-risk, age 18-64 Percentage of high-risk people ages 18-64 who ever received a pneumococcal vaccination Highest
Flu vaccine in past 12 months - high-risk, age 18-64 Percentage of adults ages 18-64 at high risk (e.g., COPD) who received an influenza vaccination in the last 12 months Highest
Hospice patients - help for anxiety and sadness Percentage of hospice patients who received the right amount of help for feelings of anxiety or sadness Highest
Nursing home short-stay residents - with pressure sores Percentage of short-stay nursing home residents with pressure sores Lowest
Nursing home long-stay residents - physically restrained Percentage of long-stay nursing home residents who were physically restrained Lowest

States' specific performances on each of these measures are available in the All-State Data Table for All Measures.