Mercer County Public Health Profile Report
Personal Doctor or Health Care Provider: Estimated Percent, 2017-2020*
Mercer83.4 95% Confidence Interval(80.2 - 86.1)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.
State80.0 U.S. NANA=Data not available.
Mercer 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.
Risk and Resiliency FactorsNote: [https://www-doh.state.nj.us/doh-shad/query/builder/njbrfs/PriProvider/PriProviderCrude11_.html Custom data views] of self-reported access to a personal doctor or health care provider among New Jersey adults by selected '''sociodemographic and other characteristics''' can be generated using the New Jersey Behavioral Risk Factor Survey interactive query module.
How Are We Doing?In 2020, 81.1% (crude rate) of New Jerseyans reported having at least one person they think of as their personal doctor or healthcare provider. Lack of a primary care provider was more common among young adults, especially males aged 18 to 34 (only 64% reported having a personal doctor in 2020).
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 Care System Factors:
Health Status Outcomes:
- First Trimester Prenatal Care
- Self-Reported Cervical Cancer Screening
- Self-Reported Colorectal Cancer Screening
- Self-Reported Breast Cancer Screening Among Women
- Self-Reported Prostate Cancer Screening
- Self-Reported Cholesterol Screening
- Hemoglobin Screening Among Adults with Diagnosed Diabetes
- Dilated Eye Exams Among Persons with Diabetes
Note*2019 data is not included in the average estimated prevalence. No data is available for 2019.
Data SourcesBehavioral Risk Factor Survey, Center for Health Statistics, New Jersey Department of Health, [http://www.state.nj.us/health/chs/njbrfs/]
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.