Friday, 11th March 2011
National Healthcare Disparities Report 2010
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Health care seeks to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease and to improve the physical and mental well-being of all Americans. Across the lifespan, health care helps people stay healthy, recover from illness, live with chronic disease or disability, and cope with death and dying. Quality health care delivers these services in ways that are safe, timely, patient centered, efficient, and equitable.
Unfortunately, Americans too often do not receive care that they need, or they receive care that causes harm. Care can be delivered too late or without full consideration of a patient‟s preferences and values. Many times, our system of health care distributes services inefficiently and unevenly across populations. Some Americans receive worse care than other Americans. These disparities may be due to differences in access to care, provider biases, poor providerpatient communication, and poor health literacy.
The 2010 reports and this summary incorporate a number of recommendations made by the Institute of Medicine (IOM). The IOM first provided guidance to AHRQ on the NHQR and NHDR in 2002. In 2008, AHRQ again asked the IOM to offer suggestions for enhancing future reports and associated products to ensure that these reports raise awareness of the performance of the U.S. health care system. In April 2010, AHRQ received advice from the IOM Committee on Future Directions for the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports.
By Heather Negley
An Info Pro, librarian, entrepreneur, author, worldwide connector and book-lover, Heather Negley is recognized for her new ways of thinking about librarianship, research, social media and creativity. Heather is the founder of HelpALibrarian.com and Zing Information Services. She has most recently been an Information Research Specialist with the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress where she provided business research for members of Congress and their staffs. Heather also worked as a research reporter for U.S. News and World Report and as a technical advertising producer on the washingtonpost.com. She received her MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College in Boston, MA.
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