2012 National Healthcare Quality 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, and 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.
Highlights From the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports
Chapter 1. Introduction and Methods
Chapter 2. Effectiveness
Chronic Kidney Disease
HIV and AIDS
Maternal and Child Health
Mental Health and Substance Abuse
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