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2010 National Healthcare Quality & Disparities Reports by AHRQ

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released the 2010 National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR), and the 2010 National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR). The NHDR focuses on “prevailing disparities in health care delivery as it relates to racial factors and socioeconomic factors in priority populations. The 2010 reports incorporate a number of recommendations made by the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Some of the main highlights of the reports include:

Disparities in quality of care are common:

- Blacks and American Indians and Alaska Natives received worse care than Whites for about 40% of core measures.
- Asians received worse care than Whites for about 20% of core measures.
- Hispanics received worse care than non-Hispanic Whites for about 60% of core measures.
- Poor people received worse care than high-income peopleiv for about 80% of core measures.

Disparities in access are also common, especially among Hispanics and poor people:

- Blacks had worse access to care than Whites for one-third of core measures.
- Asians and American Indians and Alaska Natives had worse access to care than Whites for 1 of 5 core measures.
- Hispanics had worse access to care than non-Hispanic Whites for 5 of 6 core measures.
- Poor people had worse access to care than high-income people for all 6 core measures.

Residents of the inner-city and rural areas sometimes receive worse quality of care.

- For most measures of quality of health care, differences across the urban-rural continuum were small. However, some disparities are noted. Compared with residents of large city suburbs, residents of large inner cities received worse care for about a quarter of quality measures tracked in the reports. Residents of micropolitan and noncore areas (areas typically regarded as “rural”) received worse care for about 30% of measures.
- Disparities related to preventive care were common across urban and rural areas while disparities related to diabetes were largest for residents of large inner cities and noncore rural areas.

Link to resource: http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/qrdr10.htm
Organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Date: 2011

Category:Sector -> Health
Category:Sector -> Behavioral health
Category:Topic Area -> Disparities and equity
Category:Intervention -> Research
Category:Type of Resource -> Data
Category:Type of Resource -> Report

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