2010 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.

2010 National Healthcare Quality & Disparities Reports

Highlights

2010 State Snapshots
Comparison & Quality Information

For the eighth 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. New this year are chapters on care coordination, health system infrastructure. 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 residents of rural areas and people with disabilities.

The reports have been revised based on recommendations from the Institute of Medicine that can be found in their report, Future Directions for the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports.

Note: The Highlights of the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports is available as a separate document from AHRQ's Publications Clearinghouse. The publication number is 11-0004-1.

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National Healthcare Quality Report

Full Report (PDF File, 28 MB) Plugin Software Help

Contents

Cover of National Healthcare Quality Report, 2010

National Healthcare Disparities Report

Full Report (PDF File, 32 MB) Plugin Software Help

Contents

Cover of National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2010

Acknowledgments
Key Themes and Highlights From the National Healthcare Quality Report (PDF File, 2 MB; Plugin Software Help)
Chapter 1. Introduction and Methods (PDF File, 1.3 MB; Plugin Software Help)
Chapter 2. Effectiveness (PDF File, 8 MB; Plugin Software Help)
   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 (PDF File, 2.4 MB; Plugin Software Help)
Chapter 4. Timeliness (PDF File, 1 MB; Plugin Software Help)
Chapter 5. Patient Centeredness (PDF File, 1.4 MB; Plugin Software Help)
Chapter 6. Care Coordination (PDF File, 2.7 MB; Plugin Software Help)
Chapter 7. Efficiency (PDF File, 2.2 MB; Plugin Software Help)
Chapter 8. Health Systems Infrastructure (PDF File, 2 MB; Plugin Software Help)
Chapter 9. Access to Health Care (PDF File, 2.5 MB; Plugin Software Help)

Appendixes

Detailed Methods

AHRQ Publication No. 11-0004
Current as of February 2011

Acknowledgments
Key Themes and Highlights From the National Healthcare Disparities Report (PDF File, 2.4 MB; Plugin Software Help)
Chapter 1. Introduction and Methods (PDF File, 1.3 MB; Plugin Software Help)
Chapter 2. Effectiveness (PDF File, 10 MB; Plugin Software Help)
   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 (PDF File, 1.6 MB; Plugin Software Help)
Chapter 4. Timeliness (PDF File, 2 MB; Plugin Software Help)
Chapter 5. Patient Centeredness (PDF File, 3.2 MB; Plugin Software Help)
Chapter 6. Care Coordination (PDF File, 1.7 MB; Plugin Software Help)
Chapter 7. Efficiency (PDF File, 2.6 MB; Plugin Software Help)
Chapter 8. Health Systems Infrastructure (PDF File, 1.5 MB; Plugin Software Help)
Chapter 9. Access to Health Care (PDF File, 4 MB; Plugin Software Help)
Chapter 10. Priority Populations (PDF File, 1.8 MB; Plugin Software Help)
   Racial and Ethnic Minorities
   Low-Income Groups
   Residents of Rural Areas
   Individuals With Disabilities or Special Health Care Needs
Core Measures, Data Sources, and Availability for Select Groups (PDF File, 1.3 MB; Plugin Software Help)

Appendixes
 


Detailed Methods

AHRQ Publication No. 11-0005
Current as of February 2011

2010 State Snapshots
State-specific health care quality information
 
Page last reviewed February 2011
Internet Citation: 2010 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. February 2011. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/nhqrdr/nhqrdr10/qrdr10.html