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Women's Health Care in the United States: Selected Findings From the 2004 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports, Fact Sheet


Using selected measures from the National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) and the National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR), this fact sheet describes disparities in the health care received by women.

This fact sheet addresses the following topics:

  • Key findings
  • Disparities in women's health care
    • Types of disparities
      • Gender disparities
      • Racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities
  • Disparities in quality and safety
    • Cancer screening
    • Treatment of heart attack
    • Postoperative complications
  • Trends in care over time
    • Overall quality of care for women
    • Trends and variation in quality and access
      • Early prenatal care
      • Insurance coverage
  • Looking toward the future
    • Database development
    • NHQR/NHDR women's supplement
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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Funding Sources

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

QualityTool Topic

benchmarking/comparative data


  • Release Date: 05/2005
  • Original Summary: 06/2005
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Last updated: October 09, 2013.