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2008 National Healthcare Disparities Report


The 2008 National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR) monitors the Nation's annual progress toward eliminating disparities in health care among various racial, ethnic, and income groups and other priority populations, such as children and older adults. The 2008 report focuses on the state of health care disparities for a group of 45 core measures that represent the most important and scientifically credible measures of health care quality for the Nation.

The report includes the following sections:
  • Highlights
  • Introduction and methods
  • Quality of health care
    • Effectiveness
    • Patient safety
    • Timeliness
    • Patient centeredness
  • Access to health care
    • Facilitators and barriers to health care
    • Health care utilization
  • Priority populations
    • Racial and ethnic minorities
    • Low-income groups
    • Women
    • Children
    • Older adults
    • Residents of rural areas
    • Individuals with disabilities and special health care needs
The NHDR is complemented by its companion report, the National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR), which uses the same quality measures as the NHDR to provide a comprehensive overview of the quality of health care in America.
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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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  • Release Date: 03/2009
  • Original Summary: 11/2010
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Last updated: October 09, 2013.