Table 2

Characteristics of federally qualified health centers (N=776)
n weighted % p-value
Use of EMR Yes 321 42.71 ***
No 428 57.29
HIT Capacity Low 386 46.65 ***
Medium 146 21.73
High 239 31.62
Receipt of discharge summaries Usually (75–100% of the time) 276 36.15 ***
Often (50–74% of the time) 163 21.15
Sometimes (25–49 % of the time) 154 20.08
Rarely (1–24% of the time) 118 15.65
Never 50 6.97
Patient Reminders Usually (75–100% of the time) 140 18.44 ***
Often (50–74% of the time) 127 16.46
Sometimes (25–49% of the time) 182 23.65
Rarely (1–24% of the time) 185 24.81
Never 123 16.64
Getting timely appointment - specialty care Easy 49 6.44 ***
Somewhat Difficult 200 26.15
Very difficult 516 67.41
Incentive for patient satisfaction Yes 164 20.9 ***
No 598 79.1
HRSA Disparity Coordination Yes 633 87.32 ***
No 86 12.68
Overall Measure of QI Support Yes 453 57.84 ***
Some or none 319 42.16
Physician vacancies Yes 396 57.04 ***
No 292 42.96
Nurse vacancies Yes 270 42.93 ***
No 354 57.07
Hospital Affiliation All 377 47.81 0.2313
Some or none 392 52.19
Usual Source of Care Usual/Often 689 89.84 ***
Some/Rarely/None 78 10.16
Percent minority Low (<5%) 116 15.62 ***
Medium (5–49%) 242 31.99
High (50% or more) 404 52.38
Size Large 107 15.8 ***
Medium 279 36.61
Small 379 47.59
Region Midwest 157 20.07 ***
South 269 36.69
West 210 25.99
Northeast 140 17.26
Urbanicity Urban 526 68.67 ***
Rural 223 31.33

Source: The 2009 National Survey of Federally Qualified Health Centers; HIT-Health Information Technology.

HIT based on health centers’ possession of 16 functionalities of technologies.

* p <.05; ** p <.01; *** p <.001.

Frimpong et al.

Frimpong et al. BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:35   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-13-35

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