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Resources by Topic: Chronic respiratory conditions

Assessment of Rural-Urban Differences in Postacute Care Utilization and Outcomes Among Older US Adults
Results of a study of 2,044,231 Medicare beneficiaries who were hospitalized in 2011-2015 for pneumonia, stroke, heart failure, hip fracture, or COPD. Examines the frequency, type, and duration of postacute care, as well as readmission and mortality rates in people discharged to a community or to postacute care. Features statistics with breakdowns by urban area, rural community adjacent to urban area, or rural community nonadjacent to urban area.
Author(s): Cyrus M. Kosar, Lacey Loomer, Nasim B. Ferdows, et al.
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 3(1)
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
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Assessing Indoor Environmental Control Practices by Race/Ethnicity Among Children With Asthma in 14 US States and Puerto Rico, 2013-2014
Results of a study measuring the association between race/ethnicity and practices such as use of air filters or pillow covers, using data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Asthma Call-back Survey Child Questionnaire. Features demographic statistics with breakdowns by a group of 14 states and Puerto Rico.
Author(s): Faye M. Rozwadowski, Ginger L. Chew, Hatice S. Zahran, Melissa L. Santorelli
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 16
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
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Introducing the Rural Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Toolkit
Webinar recording discusses the Rural Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Toolkit developed by NORC Walsh Center for Rural National Center for Health Statistics. Provides an overview of the toolkit and highlights lessons learned in running COPD programs.
Additional links: Audio Recording, PowerPoint Handout
Date: 11/2019
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Office-Based Spirometry: Key to Diagnosing Rural COPD Patients
Describes the use of spirometry in the diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Provides an overview of required equipment, staffing needs, and interpretation for rural offices interested in offering spirometry. Features a West Virginia Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) pulmonary rehabilitation program.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Diagnosing the Rural COPD Patient: Ask About Symptoms, Use Spirometry
Provides insights on the diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), discussing common symptom patterns associated with COPD, spirometry as the diagnostic test for the condition, and tools and resources for COPD patient care.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Potentially Excess Deaths from the Five Leading Causes of Death in Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Counties — United States, 2010–2017
Reports on the rural-urban disparities regarding potentially preventable deaths caused by heart disease, cancer, unintentional injury, chronic lower respiratory disease (CLRD), and stroke for populations less than 80 years of age. Updates a January 2017 report on the same topic, with the new report using a 6-level urban-rural classification scheme and adding additional years and annual percentage change information.
Additional links: Supplementary Table 1: Number of Potentially Excess Deaths, by HHS Region and Urban-Rural Classification, Supplementary Table 2: Percentage of Potentially Excess Deaths, by HHS Region and Urban-Rural Classification, Supplementary Table 3: Number of Potentially Excess Deaths, by State for Metro and Nonmetro, Supplementary Table 4: Percentage of Potentially Excess Deaths, by State for Metro and Nonmetro
Author(s): Macarena C. Garcia, Lauren M. Rossen, Brigham Bastian, et al.
Citation: MMWR Surveillance Summaries, 68(10), 1-11
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Risk Factors and Potentially Preventable Deaths in Rural Communities
Compares rates of potentially avoidable deaths in rural and urban communities and shows how these deaths vary by census region. Features statistics on modifiable risk factors, such as smoking, excessive alcohol use, and obesity, and percent of potentially preventable deaths attributable to specific health conditions, with breakdowns by rural and urban areas.
Author(s): Mark Holmes, Kristie W. Thompson
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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The Rural COPD Podcast: Episode 6B
Second part of the sixth podcast in a 6-part series about rural chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Features Dr. Steve Barnett of McKenzie Health System in Sandusky, MI. Discussion highlights the hospital's new cardiac rehab program and the relationship between it and their pulmonary rehab program, as well as challenges faced and resources needed to implement a new program.
Date: 10/2019
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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The Rural COPD Podcast: Episode 6A
First part of the sixth podcast in a 6-part series about rural chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Features Tracy Conroy, Valerie Roark, and Connie Wilson of Daviess Community Hospital in Washington, IN. Discussion surrounds the hospital's pulmonary rehabilitation program and lessons learn during the 3 years since the program started.
Date: 10/2019
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Characteristics of Asthma Visits to Physician Offices in the United States: 2012–2015 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey
Examines asthma visits to offices of non-federally employed U.S. physicians, with information on asthma visit characteristics and trends. Includes data by geographic location of the visit for metropolitan and nonmetro areas.
Author(s): Lara J. Akinbami, Loredana Santo, Sonja Williams, et al.
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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