Expect Delays: Poor Connections Between Rural and Urban Health Systems Challenge Multidisciplinary Care for Rural Americans with Diabetic Foot Ulcers
Investigates communication barriers between rural and urban health systems to identify factors that may be contributing to higher risk of major amputation among rural patients with diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) compared to urban patients with DFUs. Barriers for rural providers include time-consuming referrals; poor interactions with urban providers; and data sharing issues due to multiple, disconnected electronic health records.
Bryn Sutherland, Kristen Pecanac, Christie Bartels, Meghan Brennan
Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, 13(1), 32
Diabetes · Health disparities · Health information technology · Infectious diseases · Networking and collaboration · Physicians · Primary care · Rural-urban differences · Specialty care · Surgery