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The 2004 National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR) builds on
the 2003 report and continues to include a comprehensive national overview
of disparities in health care in America. In addition, in the 2004 report,
a second critical goal of the report is developed: tracking the Nation's progress
toward eliminating health care disparities
The 2004 National Healthcare Disparities Report presents
data on the same clinical conditions and other measures as its companion National
Healthcare Quality Report as they apply to the priority populations, including
women; children; the elderly; racial and ethnic minority groups; low income
groups; residents of rural areas; and individuals with special health care
needs, specifically focusing on family-centered care for children with special
health care needs.
The 2004 NHDR includes a report and four appendixes.
The report presents findings on quality of and access to health care in the
general U.S. population and among priority populations. It focuses on four
components of quality—effectiveness, patient safety, timeliness, and
patient centeredness—and four components of access—getting into
the health care system, getting care within the system, patient perceptions
of care, and health care utilization.
Current as of November 2006