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  2006 National Healthcare Disparities Report AHRQ 07-0012
2006 National Reports on Quality and Disparities Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, December 2006. Reports focus on quality of and disparities in health care in America overall and for AHRQ's priority populations. 204 pp., finds that increasing disparities were especially prevalent in management of chronic diseases, such as diabetes and asthma.  
 
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  2006 National Healthcare Quality Report AHRQ 07-0013
2006 National Reports on Quality and Disparities Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, December 2006. Reports focus on quality of and disparities in health care in America overall and for AHRQ's priority populations. 114 pp., finds that measures of the quality of hospital care are improving faster than those for ambulatory and nursing home/home health care.  
 
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  2007 National Healthcare Disparities Report AHRQ 08-0041
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, February 2008, 244 pp, This report finds that although some of the biggest disparities in quality remain, progress has been made in reducing disparities in several areas, such as dialysis, hospital admissions for perforated appendix, and childhood vaccinations. This year, the NHDR also reports on the biggest disparities in quality documented over the years where there has not been improvement, such as new AIDS cases.  
 
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  2007 National Healthcare Quality Report AHRQ 08-0040
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, February 2008, 136 pp, This report finds that health care quality continues to improve, but the rate of improvement has slowed. In addition, variations in the quality of health care across the Nation are decreasing but not for all measures. The safety of health care also has improved since 2000, but more needs to be done.  
 
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  2008 National Healthcare Disparities Report AHRQ 09-0002
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, March 2009. 290 pp. Report focuses on quality of care and disparities in health care in America, overall and for AHRQ's priority populations. Finds that although some of the biggest disparities in quality remain, progress has been made in reducing disparities in several areas, such as dialysis, hospital admissions for perforated appendix, and childhood vaccinations. This year, the NHDR also reports on the biggest disparities in quality documented over the years where there has not been improvement, such as new AIDS cases.  
 
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  2008 National Healthcare Quality Report AHRQ 09-0001
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, March 2009. 153 pp. Report focuses on quality of care and disparities in health care in America, overall and for AHRQ's priority populations. Finds that health care quality continues to improve, but the rate of improvement has slowed. In addition, variations in the quality of health care across the Nation are decreasing but not for all measures. The safety of health care also has worsened, and more needs to be done.  
 
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  2012 NHQR/DR Highlights AHRQ 13-0002-1
Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality. June 2013. 19pp. The National Healthcare Reports Highlights seeks to address three questions critical to guiding Americans toward the optimal health care they need and deserve. Those questions are: 1) What is the status of health care quality and disparities in the United States? 2) How have health care quality and disparities changed over time? 3) Where is the greatest need to improve health care quality and reduce disparities?  
 
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  2013 NHDR AHRQ 13-0003
Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality. May 2013. 250pp. A key function of the reports is to summarize the state of health care quality, access, and disparities for the Nation. This undertaking is difficult, as no single national health care database collects a comprehensive set of data elements that can produce national and state estimates for all population subgroups each year. Rather, data come from more than three dozen databases that provide estimates for different population subgroups and data years. While most data are gathered annually, some data are not collected regularly or are old. The full set of measures tracked in the reports includes measures of access to health care (e.g., having health insurance and having a regular provider) and measures of quality of health care delivered (e.g., receipt of specific services needed to treat or prevent a medical condition and outcomes of treatment).  
 
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  AHRQ Summit Improving Health Care Quality for All Americans: Celebrating Success, Measuring Progress, Moving Forward. AHRQ 05-0084
AHRQ Conference Summary Report, June 2005, 28 pp. Summarizes individual and panel presentation from AHRQ's first Quality Summit held April 4, 2005, to identify strategies for addressing health care quality and eliminating disparities. Examples from the field, findings from the research, and lessons on leading by example are included.  
 
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  Assessing Quality Improvement in Health Care: Theory for Practice AHRQ 13-R042
L. Kleinman, D. Dougherty, Pediatrics, 2013 [Epub ahead of print]. Reviews the role of theory as a means to enhance the practice of quality improvement research and proposes a novel conceptual model focused on the operations of health care.  
 
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  Assessing the Validity of Self-Reported Medication Adherence in Hepatitis C Treatment AHRQ 08-R003
S. Smith, A. Wahed, S. Kelley, et al., Annals of Pharmacotherapy, 41:July/August 2007, 1116-1123. Assesses the validity of self-reported medication adherence provided by individuals in treatment for hepatitis C virus infection with a regimen of peginterferon and ribavin.  
 
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  Asthma Care Quality Improvement: A Resource Guide for State Action. AHRQ 06-0012-1
143 pp.  
 
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  Asthma Care Quality Improvement: A Workbook for State Action AHRQ 06-0012-2
35 pp.  
 
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  Best Practice Implementation: Lessons learned from 20 Partnerships AHRQ 08-R038
P. Sharek, C. Mullican, A. Lavanderos, et al., Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, 33(12 Suppl):December 2007, 16-26. Identifies the most important perceived barriers to implementation witnessed in the 20 multiyear AHRQ Partnerships for Quality projects and describes successful and unsuccessful strategies reported by these partnerships to overcome the most significant of these barriers.  
 
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  Board Engagement in Quality: Findings of a Survey of Hospital and System Leaders AHRQ 08-R057
H. Jiang, C. Lockee, K. Bass, et al., Journal of Healthcare Management, 53(2):March/April 2008, 121-135. Presents and discusses the results of a survey of hospital and system leaders that was conducted in the first half of 2006 with 562 respondents to determine leadership involvement in quality improvement planning and activities.  
 
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  Board Oversight of Quality: Any Differences in Process of Care and Mortality? AHRQ 09-R041
H. Jiang, C. Lockee, K. Bass, et al., Journal of Healthcare Management 54(1):January/February 2009, 15-30. Examines differences in hospital quality performance associated with the adoption of particular practices in oversight of quality by hospital governing boards.  
 
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  Building the Capacity for a Transformation Initiative: System Redesign of Denver Health. AHRQ 09-R017
M. Harrison, J. Kimani, Health Care Management Review, 34(1):January-March 2009, 42-53. Examines the development of transformation initiatives?deliberate attempts to achieve systemic changes and rapid performance improvements?over a 2-year period at an integrated safety net health system.  
 
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  Building the Path to High-Quality Care AHRQ 09-R090
C. Clancy, Health Services Research, 44(1):February 2009, 1-4. Editorial focuses on the challenges inherent in transitioning from the current, highly fragmented health care system to one that is evidence based and patient focused. (AHRQ 09-R090)  
 
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  Can Incentives To Improve Quality Reduce Disparities? AHRQ 10-R051
K. Ho, E. Moy, C. Clancy, Health Services Research, February 2010; 45(1):1-5. Editorial discusses the ability of quality improvement efforts to reduce disparities in care associated with race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and other factors.  
 
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  Chasing Zero: Can Reality Meet the Rhetoric? AHRQ 10-R031
C. Denham, P. Angood, D. Berwick, et al., Journal of Patient Safety, 5(4):216-222. Presents opinion interviews from leaders who spoke at a 2008 national leadership meeting on hospital-acquired infections.  
 
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  Complexity, Bullying, and Stress: Analyzing and Mitigating a Challenging Work Environment for Nurses AHRQ 09-R081
R. Hughes, C. Clancy, Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 24(3):July-September 2009, 180-183. Commentary discusses some of the challenges and stressors nurses face in their day-to-day jobs and what they can do to foster a positive and supportive working environment. (AHRQ 09-R081)  
 
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  Defining the Emergency Care Sensitive Condition: A Health Policy Research Agenda in Emergency Medicine AHRQ 10-R041
B. Carr, P. Conway, Z. Meisel, et al., Annals of Emergency Medicine, December 2009; e-pub. Presents a new concept, the emergency care sensitive condition, as a framework on which to build emergency quality measures and through which to improve evolving emergency care delivery systems.  
 
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  Design of the Physical Environment for Changing Healthcare Needs AHRQ 08-R027
C. Clancy, S. Isaacson, K. Henriksen, Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 1(1):Fall 2007, 10-11. Discusses the role of the physical environment - including light, noise, air quality, toxic exposures, temperature, humidity, and so on - in health care organizations and how improvements in the physical environment might lead to improvements in quality of care.  
 
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  Designing and Implementing Medicaid Disease and Care Management Programs: A User's Guide. AHRQ 07(08)-0063
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, March 2008, 180 pp. Presents information, examples, and checklists to help States design, implement, and evaluate Medicaid care management programs for the chronically ill.  
 
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  Developing Quality of Care Measures for People with Disabilities: Summary of Expert Meeting AHRQ 10-0103
L. Iezzoni, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, September 2010, 36 pp. Summarizes the discussion and recommendations from a workshop focused on developing quality of care measures for people with disabilities.  
 
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