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The annual release of the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report (QDR) facilitates monitoring and tracking of improvements in quality of the Nation's health care and progress against the three aims and six priorities of the National Quality Strategy. As the quality measurement effort continues, AHRQ will have more information about trends over time. We will be able to identify more clearly the areas in which we are improving and where the gaps and missed opportunities remain.

For a comparison of reports and other related resources, go to: https://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/nhqrdr/.

The National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports (QDRs) in collaboration with the National Quality Strategy, measure trends across the six National Quality Strategy priorities (patient safety; person- and family-centered care; effective communication and care coordination; prevention and treatment of leading causes of morbidity and mortality; health and well-being of communities; and affordable care). The reports present, in chart form, the latest available findings on quality of health and health care and access to health care.

The National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports (QDRs) and National Quality Strategy Update are integrated into a single document that describes the Nation's efforts to achieve better health and health care and reduce disparities. The Report tracks progress across the NQS priorities (patient safety; person- and family-centered care; effective communication and care coordination; prevention and treatment of leading causes of morbidity and mortality; health and well-being of communities; and affordable care), including quality measures, such as the percentage of heart attack patients who received recommended care when they reached the hospital or the percentage of children who received recommended vaccinations. The Report also summarizes health care quality and access among various racial, ethnic, and income groups and other priority populations, such as children and older adults.

To access the latest releases of these annual reports, go to https://nhqrnet.ahrq.gov/inhqrdr/reports/qdr.

The NHQRDRnet is a Web-based interactive tool developed from the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports (QDRs). This online query system, available from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), provides access to national and State-level data on the quality of and access to health care from the most scientifically credible measures and data sources available, organized by the National Quality Strategy priorities.

The NHQRDRnet is available at: https://nhqrnet.ahrq.gov/inhqrdr.

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and its websites provide practical health care information, research findings, and data to help consumers, health providers, health insurers, researchers, and policymakers make informed decisions about health care issues. AHRQ is committed to making the information and resources on the websites that it sponsors accessible to the widest possible audience, including people with disabilities.

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People in the health care system are making important decisions about treatments and interventions every day, whether they have information or not. In order for these decisions to be the most informed possible, people making health care decisions should have access to the best available information—even if it is not definitive—when they need it and in a way they can understand. Our work also helps our Federal partners and policymakers make critical decisions by filling gaps in information on what works and what does not work in health care services, and by identifying important gaps for future research.

To search for ongoing and final reports from the Effective Health Care program, go to Browse Reports.

For publications for consumers, go to: Consumer Products.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality posts videos to its Spanish-language YouTube channel, AHRQ en español. The most watched playlists are Aprende a vivir (about diabetes treatment) and Opciones de tratamiento (treatment options).

Go to: https://www.youtube.com/AHRQespanol.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) makes some of its consumer and other products available in Spanish. These are posted on the AHRQ website.

AHRQ posts Spanish-language videos to one of its YouTube channels, AHRQ en español. The most watched playlists are Aprende a vivir (about diabetes treatment) and Opciones de tratamiento (treatment options). Go to: https://www.youtube.com/AHRQespanol/.

La Agencia para la Investigación y la Calidad de la Atención Médica (AHRQ, por su sigla en inglés) pone a disposición algunos de sus materiales para consumidors y otros productos en español. Estos se publican en el sitio web de AHRQ.

La AHRQ publica videos en español en uno de su canals de YouTube, AHRQ en español. La lista de reproducción (playlist() con videos más vistos son: Aprende a vivir (sobre el tratamiento para la diabetes) y Opciones de tratamiento. Visite: https://www.youtube.com/AHRQespanol.



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