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2004 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Welcome to the Web-Enabled 2004 National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR)

The National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) is an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)-led effort on behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This is the second annual NHQR. This second report extends the baseline established in the 2003 report for a set of health care quality measures across four dimensions of quality — effectiveness, safety, timeliness, and patient centeredness — and, within the effectiveness component, nine clinical condition areas or care settings — cancer, diabetes, end stage renal disease, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, mental health, respiratory diseases, and nursing home and home health care. The purpose of the report is to track the state of health care quality for the Nation on an annual basis.

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  • You can go to the Download Page. You can also scroll to the bottom of any page on this site and access the download page using the "Download" button in the page footer. On the download page, we have a single, large PDF of the report available (labeled the "complete report") and we have subsections of the report available in smaller files to facilitate downloading.
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