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Resources by Topic: Access

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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Potential Implications of SARS-CoV-2 Delta Variant Surges for Rural Areas and Hospitals
Opinion piece highlighting features of rural healthcare systems that make it more difficult for those hospitals to withstand surges in COVID-19 cases. Suggests possible solutions for institutions, governments, and society as they navigate the potentially rural-dominant Delta variant phase.
Author(s): Sameer S. Kadri, Steven Q. Simpson
Citation: JAMA
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
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The Swing Bed Program: Impacting Patients, Providers, and Community
Brief video overview of the swing bed program, which helps rural hospitals provide patient- and community-centric post-acute healthcare. Describes the history, related policy issues, early implementation, and evolution of the program.
Date: 08/2021
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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History of the Swing Bed: A Look Through the Rural Rearview Mirror
Reviews the history of the swing bed program, which helps rural hospitals serve patients and the community through provision of post-acute care. Shares insights from experts who describe early implementation and key program elements that have contributed to the program's success.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Understanding the Rural Swing Bed: More than Just a Reimbursement Policy
Provides an overview of the swing bed program and its role as a patient-centric post-acute care solution that helps rural hospitals serve their communities. Discusses the impact of the program, reimbursement, quality measures, and more.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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The Association of Broadband Internet Access and Telemedicine Utilization in Rural Western Tennessee: An Observational Study
Results of a study to determine whether broadband internet availability was associated with telemedicine adoption among a rural patient population in western Tennessee. Features statistics including race, sex, insurance type, broadband access, and location with breakdowns by nonrural, partially rural, or rural areas.
Author(s): Jacob K. Quinton, Michael K. Ong, Sitaram Vangala, et al.
Citation: BMC Health Services Research, 21, 765
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
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Rural Poverty Has Distinct Regional and Racial Patterns
Describes the findings of a study of persistent poverty, examining the prevalence of poverty in Appalachia, the Black Belt, the Mississippi Delta, the U.S.-Mexico border, and on Native American lands. Discusses the impacts of persistent poverty on access to healthcare, food access, social programs, and other support services.
Author(s): Tracey Farrigan
Citation: Amber Waves
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Not Your Mother's Healthcare: Surveying Consumer Experiences with Telehealth Services
Recording of an August 4, 2021, webinar on telehealth use during the COVID-19 pandemic. Presents results of a survey conducted between June 28-July 18, 2021, on telehealth utilization, patient satisfaction, and obstacles to accessing telehealth services. Includes data on rural and urban differences throughout. Transcript available by clicking the dots above the Subscribe tab, then selecting Open Transcript.
Additional links: Presentation Slides
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bipartisan Policy Center
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Factors Associated With Use of and Satisfaction With Telehealth by Adults in Rural Virginia During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Examines the use of and satisfaction with telehealth services since March 2020 among 253 survey participants from rural Virginia, and explores the association between demographic and health characteristics, health literacy, internet access, and the odds of using telehealth. Features statistics with breakdowns including race or ethnicity, sex, rural or urban location, insurance status, and broadband access.
Author(s): Maria D. Thomson, Abigail C. Mariani, April R. Williams, Arnethea L. Sutton, Vanessa B. Sheppard
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 4(8)
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
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