"This is the second annual National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR). This second report extends the baseline established in the 2003 report for a set of health care quality measures across four dimensions of quality - effectiveness, safety, timeliness, and patient centeredness - and, within the effectiveness component, nine clinical condition areas or care settings - cancer, diabetes, end stage renal disease, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, mental health, respiratory diseases, and nursing home and home health care. The 2004 NHQR is based on detailed analyses of 179 measures. The purpose of the report is to track the state of health care quality for the Nation on an annual basis. It is, in terms of the number of measures and number of dimensions of quality, the most extensive ongoing examination of quality of care ever undertaken in the United States or any major industrialized country worldwide."
AHRQ Publication No. 05-0013
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: http://www.qualitytools.ahrq.gov/