2010 National Healthcare Disparities Report


2010 National Healthcare Disparities Report


The purpose of the National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR) is to identify the differences or gaps through which some populations receive poor or worse care than others and to track how these gaps are changing over time. The report uses a set of measures, which are categorized across four dimensions of quality: effectiveness, patient safety, timeliness, and patient-centeredness. The 2010 report presents expanded analyses of care across the urban–rural continuum. It also summarizes information on eight national priorities identified by the Institute of Medicine Committee and presents novel strategies for improving quality and reducing disparities from AHRQ’s Health Care Innovations Exchange.

The report includes the following sections:

  • Highlights
  • Introduction and methods
  • Effectiveness of care
    • Cancer
    • Diabetes
    • End stage renal disease
    • Heart disease
    • Human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
    • Maternal and child health
    • Mental health and substance abuse
    • Respiratory diseases
    • Lifestyle modification
    • Functional status preservation and rehabilitation
    • Supportive and palliative care
    • Patient safety
  • Timeliness
  • Patient-centeredness
  • Care coordination
  • Efficiency
  • Health system infrastructure
  • Access to health care
  • Priority populations
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.


Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Funding Sources:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Release Date: 2011
Original Summary: March 2011
Last Updated: 08/13/14

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