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Appendix C: Measure Specifications

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This appendix provides information about how to generate each measure analyzed for the 2003 National Healthcare Disparities Report. It includes measures highlighted in the text of the full report as well as other measures examined but not discussed in the text. Information about composite measures is also presented in this appendix.


Quality of Health Care

Effectiveness of Care: Cancer
Effectiveness of Care: End Stage Renal Disease
Effectiveness of Care: Diabetes
Effectiveness of Care: Heart Disease
Effectiveness of Care: HIV and AIDS
Effectiveness of Care: Maternal and Child Health
Effectiveness of Care: Mental Health
Effectiveness of Care: Respiratory Diseases
Effectiveness of Care: Nursing Home and Home Health Care
Patient Centeredness

Access to Health Care Measures

Entry into the Health Care System
Structural Barriers
Patients' Perceptions

Receipt of Care

Health Care Utilization
Health Care Expenditures

Current as of August 2007


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