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National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2004

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Mental Health

Measures of quality of mental health care tracked in the NHQR include treatment of depression. Most of these measures come from the National Committee on Quality Assurance Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set (HEDIS), which does not collect information about patient race, ethnicity, or SES. Work is currently underway to develop new mental health care measures that could be used to examine disparities.

For findings related to the single mental health quality measure that could be tracked in the NHDR, suicide mortality, go to Tables 2.7a and 2.7b at the end of this chapter. Mental health is discussed in the section on mental health care and substance abuse treatment in Chapter 3, Access to Health Care.



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