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National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2004

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Welcome to the Web-Enabled 2004 National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR)

The National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR) is an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)-led effort on behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and is the product of collaboration among the agencies of HHS. Released in 2003, the first NHDR is a comprehensive national overview of disparities in health care among racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups in the general U.S. population and among priority populations. This second NHDR is built upon 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 towards the elimination of health care disparities.

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