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New AHRQ National Healthcare Disparities Report

Since 2003, the HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) issues annual reports on progress and opportunities for improving health care quality and reducing health disparities. In addition to the National Healthcare Quality Report, the National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR) focuses on “prevailing disparities in health care delivery as it relates to racial factors and socioeconomic factors in priority populations.” This year’s report provides more analyses of people with disabilities, including children with special health needs and adults with multiple chronic conditions.

Based on a composite of quality measures, the NHDR determined (among other findings) that:

  • Blacks and Hispanics received worse care than Whites for about 40% of quality measures.
  • American Indians/Alaska Natives received worse care than Whites for one-third of quality measures.
  • Asians received worse care than Whites for about one-quarter of quality measures, but better care than Whites for about 30% of quality measures.
  • Individuals with low incomes received worse care than people with higher incomes for about 60% of quality measures.
  • People with basic or complex activity limitations received worse care than people with neither type of activity limitation for about one-third of quality measures and better care for about one-quarter of quality measures.

The complete NHDR analysis can also be found here.

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