2012 National Healthcare Disparities Report

For the tenth year in a row, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has produced the National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) and the National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR). These reports measure trends in effectiveness of care, patient safety, timeliness of care, patient centeredness, and efficiency of care. New this year are chapters on care coordination, health system infrastructure. The reports present, in chart form, the latest available findings on quality of and access to health care.

The National Healthcare Quality Report tracks the health care system through quality measures, such as the percentage of heart attack patients who received recommended care when they reached the hospital or the percentage of children who received recommended vaccinations. The National Healthcare Disparities Report summarizes health care quality and access among various racial, ethnic, and income groups and other priority populations, such as residents of rural areas and people with disabilities.

Print versions of the reports are available from AHRQ's Publications Clearinghouse, which provides ordering information online.

Contents

Acknowledgments
Highlights From the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports 
Chapter 1. Introduction and Methods 
Chapter 2. Effectiveness of Care 
    Cancer
    Cardiovascular Disease
    Chronic Kidney Disease
    Diabetes
    HIV and AIDS
    Maternal and Child Health
    Mental Health and Substance Abuse
    Musculoskeletal Diseases
    Respiratory Diseases
    Lifestyle Modification
    Functional Status Preservation and Rehabilitation
    Supportive and Palliative Care
Chapter 3. Patient Safety 
Chapter 4. Timeliness 
Chapter 5. Patient Centeredness 
Chapter 6. Care Coordination 
Chapter 7. Efficiency 
Chapter 8. Health Systems Infrastructure 
Chapter 9. Access to Health Care 
Chapter 10. Priority Populations

Appendixes

Data Sources
Detailed Methods
Measure Specifications
Data Tables