The new 2014 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report (QDR) provides an overview of the quality of health care services for the general U.S. population and of health care disparities experienced by different racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. It covers more than 250 measures of quality and disparities across various health care services and settings.
Every year since 2003, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released the National Healthcare Quality Report and the National Healthcare Disparities Report to evaluate health system performance across access to care, quality of care, and priorities of the National Quality Strategy (NQS). Now, the reports are integrated into a single document to underscore “the importance of examining quality and disparities together to gain a complete picture of health care.” Findings of the report indicate that access to care improved for adults ages 18-64 due to decreased rates of uninsurance, and also for children across a wide array of measures. Quality of care also improved for most NQS priorities such as patient safety, effective treatment, and healthy living. However, few disparities were eliminated and unfortunately, there remain many challenges for improvement.
With regard to measures of Integration, patient-centered care improved gradually, especially for children, due in part to the provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate health services. Care coordination also improved, partly due to adoption of health information technologies. Finally, new health care delivery models, such as integrated care, can help to improve the affordability of quality health care.
Hopefully, findings of this report will foster initiatives that promote healthy communities and a U.S. health system that is “more coordinated, affordable, and equitable”.
Access the report and related PowerPoint: 2014 National Healthcare Quality & Disparities Report
Access the family of documents and tools that support the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report (QDR):
The Chartbook on Patient Safety includes a summary of trends across measures of patient safety from the QDR and figures illustrating select measures of patient safety.
The Person- and Family-Centered Care Chartbook includes a summary of trends across measures of person-centered care from the QDR and figures illustrating select measures of person-centered care.
The Chartbook on Care Coordination includes a summary of trends across measures of care coordination from the QDR and figures illustrating select measures of care coordination.
The Chartbook on Care Affordability includes a summary of trends across measures of care affordability from the QDR and figures illustrating select measures of care affordability.
Posted July 2015