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AHRQ Chartbook on Rural Health Care

As part of its annual reports to Congress on national health care quality and disparities, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) updated data points on rural health.  The Chartbook focuses on more than 250 measures of quality and disparities and summarizes trends that affect access and affordability of health care, effective treatment, and coordination of services, among other measures of population health.  The  Chartbook shows that over half these measures improved for rural areas in the last 15 years.  Compared to suburban residents, however, rural residents received worse quality of care for more than 30 percent of the measures tracked.  A PowerPoint version is also available that users can download for presentations.