2009 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports

The National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) is a comprehensive national overview of quality of health care in the United States. It is organized around four dimensions of quality of care: effectiveness, patient safety, timeliness, and patient centeredness.

For the seventh year in a row, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has produced the National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) and the National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR). These reports measure trends in effectiveness of care, patient safety, timeliness of care, patient centeredness, and efficiency of care. The reports present, in chart form, the latest available findings on quality of and access to health care.

The National Healthcare Quality Report tracks the health care system through quality measures, such as the percentage of heart attack patients who received recommended care when they reached the hospital or the percentage of children who received recommended vaccinations. The National Healthcare Disparities Report summarizes health care quality and access among various racial, ethnic, and income groups and other priority populations, such as children and older adults.

Go to the State Snapshots site for State-specific health care quality information and comparisons.

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National Healthcare Quality
Report

Cover of National Healthcare Quality Report, 2009

Contents

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Acknowledgments
Key Themes and Highlights From the National Healthcare Quality Report
Chapter 1. Introduction and Methods
Chapter 2. Effectiveness
   Cancer
   Diabetes
   End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD)
   Heart Disease
   HIV and AIDS
   Maternal and Child Health
   Mental Health and Substance Abuse
   Respiratory Diseases
   Lifestyle Modification
   Functional Status Preservation and Rehabilitation
   Supportive and Palliative Care
Chapter 3. Patient Safety
Chapter 4. Timeliness
Chapter 5. Patient Centeredness
Chapter 6. Efficiency

Appendixes

AHRQ Publication No. 10-0003
Current as of March 2010

National Healthcare Disparities
Report

NHDR 2009 Cover Page Image

Contents

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Acknowledgments
Key Themes and Highlights From the National Healthcare Disparities Report
Chapter 1. Introduction and Methods
Chapter 2. Quality of Health Care
   Effectiveness
   Patient Safety
   Timeliness
   Patient Centeredness
   Summary Tables
Chapter 3. Access to Health Care
   Facilitators and Barriers to Health Care
   Health Care Utilization
   Summary Tables
Chapter 4. Priority Populations
   Racial and Ethnic Minorities
   Low-Income Groups
   Women
   Children
   Older Adults
   Residents of Rural Areas
   Individuals With Disabilities or Special Health Care Needs
Core Measures, Data Sources, and Availability for Select Groups

Appendixes

AHRQ Publication No. 10-0004
Current as of March 2010

Current as of March 2010
Internet Citation: 2009 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. March 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/nhqrdr/nhqrdr09/qrdr09.html