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Resources by Topic: Access

Trends in Cancer Treatment Service Availability Across Critical Access Hospitals and Prospective Payment System Hospitals
Presents results of a study examining the availability of cancer services at Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and urban and rural Prospective Payment System (PPS) hospitals using 2008 to 2017 American Hospital Association Annual Survey data. Offers comparisons over time and by hospital characteristics, including rural and urban status, hospital ownership, region, shortage area, and more.
Author(s): Peiyin Hung, Kewei Shi, Janice C. Probst, et al.
Citation: Medical Care
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
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Mobile Telemedicine for Buprenorphine Treatment in Rural Populations With Opioid Use Disorder
Results of a study conducted from June-October 2020 in Caroline County, Maryland, to evaluate the implementation of an initiative to extend access to telemedicine (TM) medications for opioid use disorder to rural communities, by bringing care via a TM mobile treatment unit (TM-MTU). Features demographics and statistics on opioid use during TM-MTU treatment.
Author(s): Eric Weintraub, Chamindi Seneviratne, Jessica Anane, et al.
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 4(8)
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
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Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Measurement Recommendations Report
Provides an overview of two measurement frameworks, one for maternal morbidity and one for maternal mortality. Includes a list of short- and long-term recommendations for each measurement topic, which cover equitable treatment; timely access to treatment and services; follow-up and care coordination of care; protocols and guidelines; substance use disorders, mental health, and behavioral health; access to pain management and labor support; and patient- and family-reported outcomes and experiences of care. Discusses three potential, actionable measure concepts for maternal mortality.
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Quality Forum
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Rural Healthy People: Where We've Been and Where We're Going
August 25, 2021 webinar presenting key findings from Rural Healthy People 2010 and Rural Healthy People 2020, studying the top 10 rural health priorities for the previous two decades. Presents early findings from the Rural Healthy People 2030 survey and discusses what comes next. Features statistics on mortality rates from diabetes, heart disease, suicide, and cancer, with breakdowns by 6 levels of population density.
Additional links: Presentation Slides, Transcript
Author(s): Timothy Callaghan, Alva O. Ferdinand, Morgan Kassabian
Date: 08/2021
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Research Gateway
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Youth Perceptions of Vaccination for COVID-19 in the United States
Results of a national text message survey on the perspectives of youths aged 14-24 years regarding COVID-19 vaccine acceptability, perceived barriers to vaccination, and anticipated changes in behavior. Table 1 features demographic statistics with breakdowns including urban, suburban, and rural location.
Author(s): Stephen M. Gorga, Eric J. Brandt, Julia Rosenberg, et al.
Citation: JAMA Health Forum, 2(8)
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
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State Strategies to Increase COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake in Rural Communities
Discusses the role of governors in addressing COVID-19 vaccine confidence, access, and uptake in rural communities. Presents three considerations for governors and state officials, examples of best and promising practices, and short- and long-term strategies for addressing challenges to vaccination efforts in rural areas.
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Governors Association
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Rural Residency Training as a Strategy to Address Rural Health Disparities: Barriers to Expansion and Possible Solutions
Identifies barriers rural communities face in developing and sustaining graduate medical education programs, and proposes potential solutions including regulatory fixes and legislative action. Includes definitions of key concepts and terminology in the Supplementary Data section.
Additional links: Supplementary Data
Author(s): Emily M. Hawes, Erin Fraher, Steven Crane, et al.
Citation: Journal of Graduate Medical Education, 13(4), 461-465
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
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Patient Satisfaction with Telehealth During COVID-19: Experience in a Rural County on the United States–Mexico Border
Discusses the rapid expansion of telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic in rural Cochise county, Arizona, examining patient satisfaction with quality of care, ease of scheduling, confidence in telehealth, and other measures. Describes challenges facing rural border residents in accessing healthcare, strains on primary care, and telehealth's potential to alleviate these issues. Collects data from 354 adult and 2018 pediatric patient survey responses.
Author(s): Rachael Phenicie, Rosemary Acosta Wright, Jeffrey Holzberg
Citation: Telemedicine and e-Health, 27(8), 859-865
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
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Nurse Perspectives Regarding Implementation of an Asthma Monitoring Mobile Health Application in the School Setting
Study exploring nurse experiences with school-based telehealth (SBTH) implementation, specifically SBTH asthma programs in South Carolina. Discusses barriers to asthma care for rural children and the potential for SBTH and mobile health to treat childhood asthma. Draws data from 26 survey respondents that addresses interests in specific mobile application features and issues related to caregiver and family participation.
Author(s): Emily E. Johnson, Claire MacGeorge, Annie Andrews, et al.
Citation: Telemedicine and e-Health, 27(8), 955-962
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
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State and Regional Differences in Access to Hospital-Based Obstetric Services for Rural Residents, 2018
Highlights a study on rural access to hospital-based obstetric services by state and region. Compares rates regionally and by state across the country and discusses the factors that affect obstetrics access.
Author(s): Julia D. Interrante, Mariana S. Tuttle, Bridget Basile Ibrahim, et al.
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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