HHS Strategic Plan, Fiscal Years 2007–2012 (Strategic Plan). Disparities Persist

11/22/2015

Findings in the 2006 Disparities Report are consistent with those of previous reports: Disparities related to race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status still pervade the health care system, and are observed in almost all aspects of health care, including:

  • Across all dimensions of quality of care, including effectiveness, patient safety, timeliness, and patient centeredness;
  • Across all dimensions of access to care, including facilitators and barriers to care and health care utilization;
  • Across many levels and types of care, including preventive care, treatment of acute conditions, and management of chronic disease;
  • Across many clinical conditions, including cancer, diabetes, end stage renal disease, heart disease, HIV disease, mental health, substance abuse, and respiratory diseases;
  • Across many care settings, including primary care, home health care, hospice care, emergency departments, hospitals, and nursing homes; and
  • Within many subpopulations, including women, children, older adults, residents of rural areas, and individuals with disabilities and other special health care needs.

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