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National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2004

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The 2004 National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR) tracks disparities in both quality of and access to health care in the United States for both the general population and for AHRQ's congressionally designated priority populations.


Key Themes and Highlights
Chapter 1. Introduction and Methods
Chapter 2. Quality of Health Care
     End Stage Renal Disease
     Heart Disease
     HIV and AIDS
     Maternal and Child Health
     Mental Health
     Respiratory Diseases
     Nursing Home and Home Health Care
   Patient Safety
   Patient Centeredness
Chapter 3. Access to Health Care
  Getting Into the Health Care System
  Getting Care Within the Health Care System
  Patient Perceptions of Care
  Health Care Utilization
Chapter 4. Priority Populations
  Racial and Ethnic Minorities
  Low Income Groups
  Residents of Rural Areas
  Individuals With Special Health Care Needs
Appendix A. Data Sources
Appendix B. Detailed Methods
Appendix C. Measure Specifications
Appendix D. Data Tables



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