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District of Columbia

Strongest and Weakest Measures


District of Columbia'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
Blood cholesterol testing Percentage of adults who had their blood cholesterol checked within the preceding 5 years Highest
Pap tests Percentage of women age 18 and over who received a Pap smear within the last 3 years Highest
Home health care - less urinary incontinence Percentage of home health care patients who have less urinary incontinence Highest
Home health care - improved drug management Percentage of home health care patients who get better at taking their medication correctly Highest
Home health care - improved mobility Percentage of home health care patients who get better at walking or moving around Highest
Home health care - improved pain management when mobile Percentage of home health care patients who have less pain when moving around Highest
Home health care - improved ability to get in and out of bed Percentage of home health care patients who get better at getting in and out of bed Highest
Home health care - improved bathing Percentage of home health care patients who get better at bathing Highest
Nursing home long-stay residents - low-risk with urinary catheter left in Percentage of low-risk long-stay nursing home residents with a catheter inserted and left in their bladder Lowest
Nursing home long-stay residents - more depressed or anxious Percentage of long-stay nursing home residents who are more depressed or anxious Lowest
Suicide deaths Suicide deaths per 100,000 population Lowest
Nursing home long-stay residents - with moderate to severe pain Percentage of long-stay nursing home residents who have moderate to severe pain Lowest
Nursing home long-stay residents - with urinary tract infections Percentage of long-stay nursing home residents with a urinary tract infection Lowest


District of Columbia'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
Family caregivers - wanting limited information about death expectations Percentage of family caregivers who did not want more information about what to expect while the patient was dying Highest
Pneumonia - flu vaccination screening in hospital Percentage of hospital patients age 50 and over with pneumonia discharged during October-February who received influenza screening or vaccination Highest
Pneumonia - antibiotics within 6 hours in hospital Percentage of hospital patients with pneumonia who received the initial antibiotic dose within 6 hours of hospital arrival Highest
Pneumonia - blood cultures before antibiotics in hospital Percentage of hospital patients with pneumonia who had blood cultures collected before antibiotics were administered Highest
Pneumonia - recommended hospital care received Percentage of hospital patients with pneumonia who received recommended hospital care Highest
Pneumonia vaccine ever - age 65 plus Percentage of adults age 65 and over who ever received a pneumococcal vaccination Highest
Pneumonia - pneumococcal vaccination screening in hospital Percentage of hospital patients age 65 and over with pneumonia who received pneumococcal screening or vaccination Highest
Heart attack - PCI in 90 minutes Percentage of hospital patients with heart attack who received percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) within 90 minutes of arrival Highest
Renal failure and kidney transplant Patients with treated chronic kidney failure who received a transplant within 3 years of date of renal failure Highest
Colorectal cancer deaths Colorectal cancer deaths per 100,000 population per year Lowest
Breast cancer deaths Breast cancer deaths per 100,000 female population Lowest
Adult patients - poor communication with nurses Percentage of adult hospital patients who sometimes or never had good communication with nurses in the hospital Lowest
HIV deaths HIV infection deaths per 100,000 population Lowest
Prostate cancer deaths Prostate cancer deaths per 100,000 male population Lowest
Nursing home long-stay residents - high-risk with pressure sores Percentage of high-risk long-stay nursing home residents who have pressure sores Lowest

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