Cape May County Public Health Profile Report
Personal Doctor or Health Care Provider: Percentage of Adults, 2011-2013
Cape May85.5% 95% Confidence Interval(81.6% - 88.7%)Description of the Confidence IntervalThe confidence interval indicates the range of probable true values for the level of risk in the community.
A value of "NA" (Not Available) will appear if the confidence interval was not published with the NJSHAD indicator data for this measure.
State82.5% U.S. NANA=Data not available.
Cape May Compared to State
Description of Gauge
Description of the GaugeThis graphic is based on the county data to the left. It compares the county value of this indicator to the state overall value.
The county value is considered statistically significantly different from the state value if the state value is outside the range of the county's 95% confidence interval. If the county's data or 95% confidence interval information is not available, a blank gauge image will be displayed with the message, "missing information."NOTE: The labels used on the gauge graphic are meant to describe the county's status in plain language. The placement of the gauge needle is based solely on the statistical difference between the county and state values. When selecting priority health issues to work on, a county should take into account additional factors such as how much improvement could be made, the U.S. value, the statistical stability of the county number, the severity of the health condition, and whether the difference is clinically significant.
- Excellent = The county's value on this indicator is BETTER than the state value, and the difference IS statistically significant.
- Watch = The county's value is BETTER than state value, but the difference IS NOT statistically significant.
- Improvement Needed = The county's value on this indicator is WORSE than the state value, but the difference IS NOT statistically significant.
- Reason for Concern = The county's value on this indicator is WORSE than the state value, and the difference IS statistically significant.
Why Is This Important?As each new health care need arises, an individual's first point of contact with the health care system is typically his or her personal doctor. In most cases a personal doctor can effectively and efficiently manage a patient's medical care because they understand that person's medical history and social background. Having a regular source of health care is also an indicator of overall access to care.
How Are We Doing?In 2013, 81.4% (crude rate) of New Jerseyans reported having at least one person they think of as their personal doctor or health care provider. Lack of a primary care provider was more common among young adults, especially men aged 18 to 34 (only 59.8% reported having a personal doctor in 2013).
Healthy People Objective AHS-3:Increase the proportion of people with a usual primary care provider
U.S. Target: 83.9 percent
State Target: 90 percent
Health Status Outcomes:
NoteStarting in 2011, BRFSS protocol requires that the NJBRFS incorporate a fixed quota of interviews from cell phone respondents along with a new weighting methodology called iterative proportional fitting or "raking". The new weighting methodology incorporates additional demographic information (such as education, race, and marital status) in the weighting process. These methodological changes were implemented to account for the underrepresentation of certain demographic groups in the land line sample (which resulted in part from the increasing number of U.S. households without land line phones). Comparisons between 2011 and prior years should therefore be made with caution. (More details about these changes can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6122a3.htm.)
Data SourcesBehavioral Risk Factor Survey, Center for Health Statistics, New Jersey Department of Health
Measure Description for Personal Doctor or Health Care Provider
Definition: Percentage of adults who reported having one or more persons they think of as their personal doctor or health care provider.
Numerator: Number of adults who reported having at least one person they think of as their personal doctor or health care provider.
Denominator: Total number of adults interviewed during the same survey period.