2011 National Healthcare Quality Report


2011 National Healthcare Quality Report


The key function of the National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) is to summarize the state of health care quality and access for the nation and report on progress and opportunities for improving health care quality, as mandated by the U.S. Congress. This report measures trends in effectiveness of care, patient safety, timeliness of care, patient-centeredness, and efficiency of care.

The 2011 report presents expanded analyses of care received by older Americans. It also addresses six priority areas for quality improvement, as identified in the National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care report 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
    • Cancer
    • Cardiovascular disease
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • Diabetes
    • Human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
    • Maternal and child health
    • Mental health and substance abuse
    • Musculoskeletal diseases
    • 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

The NHQR is complemented by its companion report, the National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR), a comprehensive national overview of disparities in access to and quality of health care among racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups, as well as among subpopulations such as children and the elderly.


Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Funding Sources:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Release Date: 2012
Original Summary: May 2012
Last Updated: 10/09/13

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