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Telemedical Cervical Cancer Screening to Bridge Medicaid Service Care Gap for Rural Women
Describes how telecolposcopy services can fill a gap in healthcare by increasing access to cervical cancer screenings for rural women in Arkansas. Includes implications for models for improving access to care among vulnerable populations using telemedicine.
Author(s): Wilbur C. Hitt, Gordon Low, Tommy Mac Bird, Rachel Ott
Citation: Telemedicine Journal and e-Health, 19(5), 403-408
Date: 05/2013
Type: Document
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Rural vs Urban Residence Affects Risk-Appropriate Colorectal Cancer Screening
Compares the effects of rural versus urban residence, travel time to colonoscopy providers, and other geographic factors on colorectal cancer (CRC) screening and adherence to CRC screening in Utah. Figure 1 illustrates travel time to the nearest colonoscopy provider and Table 1 lists the demographic characteristics by rural versus urban residence.
Author(s): Allison E. Anderson, Kevin A. Henry, N. Jewel Samadder, Ray M. Merrill, Anita Y. Kinney
Citation: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 11(5), 526-533
Date: 05/2013
Type: Document
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Diffusion of Preventive Innovation: Racial and Rural Differences in Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control Practices
Examines differences in receipt of cervical cancer screening and HPV vaccination associated with rural/urban residence and race/ethnicity. Discusses how access to preventive services can affect disparities in cervical cancer rates and how innovative screening methods may reduce disparities. Provides policy recommendations.
Additional links: Fact Sheet
Author(s): Swann Arp Adams, Jessica D. Bellinger, Alexa Gallagher, Janice C. Probst
Date: 05/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Minority Health Research Center (formerly the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center)
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Timeliness of Abnormal Screening and Diagnostic Mammography Follow-up at Facilities Serving Vulnerable Women
Examines differences in the timeliness of follow-up after an abnormal mammography for woman in rural areas, with limited education or income, and racial/ethnic minorities and how it pertains to health risks. Addresses whether female populations in rural settings are at risk for loss to follow-up after abnormal diagnostic mammography.
Author(s): L. Elizabeth Goldman, Rod Walker, Rebecca Hubbard, Karla Kerlikowske
Citation: Medical Care, 51(4), 307-314
Date: 04/2013
Type: Document
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Place of Residence and Primary Treatment of Prostate Cancer: Examining Trends in Rural and Nonrural Areas in Wisconsin
Examines if disparities exist between rural and urban residents receiving prostate cancer treatment. Includes statistics for treatment types by age at diagnosis, race/ethnicity, comorbidities, insurance, and rurality.
Author(s): Jeremy P. Cetnar, John M. Hampton, Amy A. Williamson, et al.
Citation: Urology, 81(3), 540-546
Date: 03/2013
Type: Document
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Rural-Urban Disparities in Health Status among US Cancer Survivors
Analyzes the self-reported health status of U.S. cancer survivors for disparities by rural versus urban residence. Includes rural and urban data on demographics, overall health, psychological distress, and non-cancer co-morbidities.
Author(s): Kathryn E. Weaver, Ann M. Geiger, Lingyi Lu, L. Douglas Case
Citation: Cancer, 119(5), 1050-1057
Date: 03/2013
Type: Document
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Gaps in Survey Data on Cancer in American Indian and Alaska Native Populations: Examination of US Population Surveys, 1960-2010
Lists major federal surveys on cancer in American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). Documents the sample size and data collection methods, and identifies gaps in the types of cancer-related information collected. Subtopics range from prevention to survivorship.
Author(s): Shinobu Watanabe-Galloway, Tinka Duran, Jim P. Stimpson, Corey Smith
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 10
Date: 03/2013
Type: Document
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Inconsistencies Between Medical Records and Patient-Reported Recommendations for Follow-Up after Abnormal Pap Tests
Examines inconsistencies between self-reports and health department records for recommended follow-ups after an abnormal pap test in rural Appalachian women. Includes statistics, such as participant characteristics, and compares patients' self-reported recommendations for follow-ups with those of health departments.
Author(s): Stacey Slone, Carol White, Brent Shelton, et al.
Citation: Journal of Women's Health, 22(2), 147-152
Date: 02/2013
Type: Document
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Delivering High-Quality Cancer Care: Charting a New Course for a System in Crisis
Discusses cancer care in the United States, with a focus on patient-centered care, the workforce available to care for cancer patients, quality and improvement measures, health information technology, and access and affordability. Includes information specific to rural areas.
Additional links: Read Online
Date: 2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Institute of Medicine
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Boot Camp Translation: A Method For Building a Community of Solution
Describes a community-based participatory research approach integrating primary care, public health, and community-based organizations to process and translate biomedical research and evidence into accessible messages and dissemination methods to improve health in rural Colorado.
Author(s): Ned Norman, Chris Bennett, Shirley Cowart, et al.
Citation: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 26(3), 254-263
Date: 2013
Type: Document
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