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Iowa

Strongest and Weakest Measures


Iowa'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
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
Nursing home long-stay residents - with too much weight loss Percentage of long-stay nursing home residents who lose too much weight Lowest
Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair deaths in hospital Deaths per 1,000 adult admissions with abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair (excluding obstetric admissions and transfers to another hospital) Lowest
Nursing home long-stay residents - bed/chair bound Percentage of long-stay nursing home residents who spend most of their time in bed or in a chair Lowest
Nursing home short-stay residents - with pressure sores Percentage of short-stay nursing home residents with pressure sores Lowest


Iowa'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
Home health care - less urinary incontinence Percentage of home health care patients who have less urinary incontinence Highest
Nursing home short-stay residents - with delirium Percentage of short-stay nursing home residents with delirium Lowest
Pediatric admissions - perforated appendix Admissions with perforated appendix per 1,000 admissions, ages1-17, with appendicitis (excluding transfers from other institutions, obstetric admissions, normal newborns, and neonates) Lowest
Home health care - needed urgent care Percentage of home health care patients who need urgent, unplanned medical care Lowest
Adult admissions - perforated appendix Admissions with perforated appendix per 1,000 adult admissions with appendicitis (excluding obstetric admissions and transfers from other institutions) Lowest

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