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AHRQ Releases Annual Update on U.S. Healthcare Quality, Equity

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AHRQ has released its 2022 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report (NHQDR), which provides policymakers, health system leaders and the public with a statistical portrait of how effectively the healthcare delivery system provides safe, high-quality and equitable care to all Americans. The report’s “Portrait of American Healthcare” offers numerous important insights, including:

  • Life expectancy in the United States lags behind life expectancy in similarly developed countries, and the gap has grown since 1980.
  • COVID-19 was the third leading cause of death in 2020.
  • A shortage of primary care health professionals compromises access to services in more than 60 percent of U.S. counties.
  • Social determinants of health may have a stronger influence on people’s health outcomes than clinical services provided by healthcare delivery systems.

This year’s report includes data on four Special Emphasis Topics: maternal health; child and adolescent mental health; substance use disorders; and oral health.

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