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News by Topic: Research methods and resources

Apr 13, 2021 - Discusses the need to include rural populations in research to better understand disparities, identifies barriers for rural hospitals to participate in clinical trials and research. Challenges include not being able to recruit enough patient participants and high out-of-pocket costs for the hospital associated with research.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Apr 12, 2021 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) encourages the public to download the FCC's Speed Test app, used to collect speed test data as part of the FCC's Measuring Broadband America program. Discusses how data collected will help inform the FCC's efforts in addressing the digital gap and improving access to broadband.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
Apr 9, 2021 - The National Quality Forum (NQF) requests public comments on the Environmental Scan Draft Report, Leveraging Quality Measurement to Improve Rural Health, Telehealth, and Healthcare System Readiness. The report includes an overview of policies and measures related to telehealth, healthcare system readiness, and rural health outcomes in disasters. Comments are due May 7, 2021.
Source: National Quality Forum
Apr 5, 2021 - Notice from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) updating the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), which surveys people 12 and older to determine the prevalence of use of tobacco products, alcohol, illicit substances, and illicit use of prescription drugs. Updates include replacing the tobacco module with a redesigned nicotine module, revising the marijuana module, and redesigning the adult and youth mental health services utilization modules into one module. Comments are due by June 4, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 29, 2021 - The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced the expansion of the All of Us research program to include American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) people in efforts to find more precise ways to prevent and treat disease. Describes how input from tribal leaders will help All of Us initiate education efforts for researchers, support ongoing engagement activities, and take steps to ensure the perspectives and needs of AI/AN communities are integrated into the program.
Source: National Institutes of Health
Mar 15, 2021 - Highlights the Risk Underlying Rural Areas Longitudinal (RURAL) cohort study, which seeks to address critical gaps in knowledge of heart and lung disorders in rural counties in the southeastern U.S. The six-year study aims to identify and eliminate health disparities present in rural parts of the country.
Source: Xtelligent Healthcare Media