Friday, May 13, 2005

AHRQ - National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) and National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR)

The National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR)

This is the second annual NHQR. This second report extends the baseline established in the 2003 report for a set of health care quality measures across four dimensions of quality - effectiveness, safety, timeliness, and patient centeredness - and, within the effectiveness component, nine clinical condition areas or care settings - cancer, diabetes, end stage renal disease, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, mental health, respiratory diseases, and nursing home and home health care. The purpose of the report is to track the state of health care quality for the Nation on an annual basis.

The National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR)

Released in 2003, the first NHDR is a comprehensive national overview of disparities in health care among racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups in the general U.S. population and among priority populations. This second NDHR is built upon the 2003 report and continues to include a comprehensive national overview of disparities in health care in America. In addition, in the 2004 report, a second critical goal of the report is developed: tracking the Nation's progress towards the elimination of health care disparities.

STATE RESOURCES for Selected Measures from the 2004 National Healthcare Quality Report

Resources for States have been developed using data from AHRQ’s 2004 National Healthcare Quality Report. It includes State-level statistics for around 100 of these measures.

Med Care - Health Care Quality and Disparities: Lessons From the First National Reports
Medical Care. March 2005, Volume 43, Issue 3 Supplement