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2013 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 theme of the 2013 report highlights one of AHRQ’s priority populations, individuals with disabilities, including children with special health care needs. The report continues to align measures with the National Quality Strategy in an effort to inform policymakers, the public, and other stakeholders of the Nation’s progress in achieving National Quality Strategy aims.

The report includes the following sections:
  • Highlights
  • Introduction and methods
  • Effectiveness of care for common clinical conditions
    • Cancer
    • Cardiovascular disease
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • Diabetes
    • HIV and AIDS
    • Mental health and substance abuse
    • Musculoskeletal diseases
    • Respiratory diseases
  • Effectiveness of care across the lifespan
    • Maternal and child health
    • 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, 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.

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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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  • Release Date: 05/2014
  • Original Summary: 06/2014
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Last updated: July 30, 2014.