The 2014 QDR is supported by a series of related chartbooks that:
- Present information on individual measures.
- Are updated annually.
- Are posted on the Web (http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/nhqrdr/2014chartbooks/).
The order and topics of the chartbooks are:
- Access to care.
- Priorities of the National Quality Strategy.
- Access and quality of care for different priority populations.
Six Chartbooks Organized Around Priorities of the National Quality Strategy
- Making care safer by reducing harm caused in the delivery of care.
- Ensuring that each person and family is engaged as partners in their care.
- Promoting effective communication and coordination of care.
- Promoting the most effective prevention and treatment practices for the leading causes of mortality, starting with cardiovascular disease.
- Working with communities to promote wide use of best practices to enable healthy living.
- Making quality care more affordable for individuals, families, employers, and governments by developing and spreading new health care delivery models.
Other Chartbooks Organized Around AHRQ’s Priority Populations
- AHRQ’s priority populations, specified in the Healthcare Research and Quality Act of 1999 (Public Law 106-129):
- Racial and ethnic minority groups.
- Low-income groups.
- Children (under age 18).
- Older adults (age 65 and over).
- Residents of rural areas.
- Individuals with special health care needs, including:
- Individuals with disabilities.
- Individuals who need chronic care or end-of-life care.
Chartbook on Women’s Health Care
- This chartbook includes:
- Summary of trends in health care quality and disparities for females.
- Figures illustrating select measures of Access to Health Care and 6 NQS priorities for females.
- Introduction and Methods section of the 2014 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report contains information about methods used in the chartbook.
- Appendixes include information about measures and data.
- A Data Query tool (http://nhqrnet.ahrq.gov/inhqrdr/data/query) provides access to all data tables.
Data Presented in This Chartbook
- Women age 18 years and over.
- One adolescent female measure related to human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine receipt.
- Breakouts by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status when available and compared with men.
- Further designations derived from special populations who receive care from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Community Health Centers.
Use of Health Care Services by Women
- Women, on average, use more health care services compared with men:
- More health care contacts and opportunities to receive counseling and preventive care.
- Women differ in disease risk factors and certain patterns of illness compared with men even when maternity care is excluded or considered separately (AHRQ HCUP; Women’s Health USA, 2013).
Chronic Disease in Women
- Evidence demonstrates that chronic disease affects women and men differently:
- Related to biologic, socioeconomic, and cultural dynamics.
- Women experience a higher burden of chronic disease and tend to live more years with a disability compared with men (AHRQ HCUP; Women’s Health USA, 2013).