National Healthcare Disparities Report 2008 by the United States Department of Health and Human Services
Publication Year: 2009
Last Updated: 2010-01-25 22:03:05
Short Abstract: The purpose of the NHDR, as mandated by Congress, I is to identify the differences or gaps where some populations receive poor or worse care than others and to track how these gaps are changing over time. Although the emphasis is on disparities related to race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status, this directive also includes a charge to examine disparities in “priority populations.” These include groups with unique health care needs or issues that require special attention. Among the priority populations addressed in the NHDR are women, children, older adults, residents of rural areas, and individuals with disabilities or special health care needs.