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Resources by Topic: Chronic disease management

Remote Patient Monitoring Helps Rural Patients Recover at Home
Features Essentia Health's remote patient monitoring program, which allows patients to recover at home while still having access to medical attention. Describes how the program was used to treat COVID-19 patients, with plans to continue the program to treat other chronic diseases.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 07/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Grantee Sourcebook: Rural Health Network Development Planning Program, 2020
Detailed descriptions of 20 Rural Health Network Development Planning Program grant projects funded in fiscal year 2020. Reports on each grantee's network infrastructure development, plans for sustaining the network after the grant, and program activities addressing topics such as integrated service delivery, creating efficiencies, integrating health services, chronic disease management, and care coordination. Grantee profiles identify the geographic areas served, network partners, and primary contact person.
Date: 07/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
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Pulmonary Rehabilitation: Benefiting Rural Individuals, Benefiting Rural Population Health
Discusses the benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) as a treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Highlights the potential of telehealth to deliver PR in rural areas and features the work of rural PR programs.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Still Stealing Rural America's Breath: An Update on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Discusses rural research efforts focused on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), with insights from researchers, philanthropists, and healthcare providers. Explores the impact of COVID-19 on COPD. Also covers the importance of pulmonary rehabilitation and new research findings on the impact of this treatment.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Challenges Faced by Rural Primary Care Providers When Caring for COPD Patients in the Western United States
Results of a survey of 71 rural primary care providers in 7 states, including Colorado and Kansas, to examine challenges faced when caring for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients. Features demographic statistics with breakdowns by age, degree, rural or non-rural practice location, practice type, and state, and survey answers by provider type and location.
Additional links: Online Supplement
Author(s): Fernando Diaz del Valle, Patricia B. Koff, Sung-Joon Min, et al.
Citation: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases, 8(3), 336-349
Date: 05/2021
Type: Document
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CHWs At Work: Making a Difference for Oklahoma's Marshallese Community
Highlights an Oklahoma program that uses community health workers (CHWs) for outreach to the Marshallese community in a three-county area. Provides a brief history and overview of the Marshallese population and discusses the health concerns the CHWs address.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 03/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Grantee Directory: Rural Health Network Development Planning Program, 2020
Detailed descriptions of 26 Rural Health Network Development Planning Program grant projects funded in fiscal year 2020. Lists grantees by state and focus area, including topics such as integrated service delivery, telehealth, care coordination, and chronic disease management. Includes grantee profiles describing their programs and network structures, geographic areas served, network partners, and contacts for each network.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
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Advancing the Role of the Nurse in the Management of MS in Rural Areas: An Online Curriculum
Provides information on the comprehensive care of rural people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Designed to address challenges exacerbated by events such as the COVID-19 pandemic, and offers insights into best practices and strategies for overcoming barriers.
Author(s): Bonnie Blain, Mary Filipi
Date: 12/2020
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organizations: Catamount Medical Education, Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers, International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses
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Development and Implementation of a Community Paramedicine Program in Rural United States
Describes a community paramedicine care model developed in a rural Wisconsin Critical Access Hospital (CAH) and Primary Care Clinic. Presents data on 32 patients receiving treatment for chronic disease or other high-need medical condition. Discusses potential for community paramedicine models to decrease high utilization of healthcare services.
Author(s): Lucas A. Myers, Peter N. Carlson, Paul W. Krantz, et al.
Citation: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, 21(5), 1227–1233
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
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Roundtable Discussion: Examining the Role of Telehealth during COVID-19 and Beyond
Video recording of an August 6, 2020, discussion on telehealth policies and impacts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and key considerations for the future of telehealth policy. Examines rural topics throughout, including access to broadband and using RHCs and FQHCs as originating site providers for telehealth services. Transcript available by clicking the dots above the Subscribe tab, then selecting Open Transcript.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: House Ways and Means Committee
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