National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2013

For the 11th 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. 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.

1. Introduction and Methods
2. Effectiveness of Care for Common Clinical Conditions
   Cardiovascular Disease
   Chronic Kidney Disease
   HIV and AIDS
   Mental Health and Substance Abuse
   Musculoskeletal Diseases
   Respiratory Diseases
3. Effectiveness of Care Across the Lifespan
   Maternal and Child Health
   Lifestyle Modification
   Functional Status Preservation and Rehabilitation
   Supportive and Palliative Care
4. Patient Safety
5. Timeliness
6. Patient Centeredness
7. Care Coordination
8. Efficiency
9. Health System Infrastructure
10. Access to Health Care
11. Priority Populations


Data Sources
Detailed Methods
Measure Specifications
Priority Populations

Page last reviewed May 2014
Page originally created May 2014
Internet Citation: National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2013. Content last reviewed May 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.