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Resources by Topic: Mortality

Geographic Availability of Low-Dose Computed Tomography for Lung Cancer Screening in the United States, 2017
Includes state-level tables and maps showing locations of lung cancer screening sites and percentage of population ages 55-79 lacking access to a center, and lung cancer mortality versus accessibility of screening centers. Helps identify rural areas in need of screening program creation or expansion.
Author(s): Jan M. Eberth, Parisa Bozorgi, Logan M. Lebrón, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 15
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
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Rural–Urban Differences in Risk Factors for Motor Vehicle Fatalities
Compares differences in rural-urban motor vehicle fatalities and examines correlations with socioeconomic characteristics, demographics, and health behaviors.
Author(s): Carrie Henning-Smith, Katy B. Kozhimannil
Citation: Health Equity, 2(1), 260-263
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
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Better Data and Better Outcomes: Reducing Maternal Mortality in the U.S.
Provides the House Subcommittee on Health hearing recording and related documents on preventing maternal deaths. Addresses disparities in rural maternal mortality. Features testimonies from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the National Birth Equity Collaborative, March of Dimes, and more.
Additional links: Joia Crear Perry Testimony, Stacey Stewart Testimony
Date: 09/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Health
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Changing Dynamics of the Drug Overdose Epidemic in the United States from 1979 Through 2016
Features a study on the changes in overdose mortality across the U.S. between 1979-2016. Aims to shed light on the current opioid crisis by placing it within a broader data set incorporating all illicit drug overdose deaths in a longer time frame. Details the specific changes in drug overdose mortality in rural areas.
Author(s): Hawre Jalal, Jeanine M. Buchanich, Mark S. Roberts, et al.
Citation: Science, 361(6408)
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
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QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Death Rates for Lung Cancer, by Urbanization of County of Residence — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2006 and 2016
Bar chart showing lung cancer deaths per 100,000 population in 2006 and 2016 for metropolitan counties (large central, large fringe/suburban, medium, small) and nonmetropolitan counties (micropolitan, noncore).
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 67(36), 1022
Date: 09/2018
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Opioid Treatment and Rural Health Clinics
Provides a webinar recording focused on the opioid use disorder crisis and evidence for medication-assisted treatment (MAT). Covers data on the crisis, diagnosis criteria, and medication treatment options. Part of the Rural Health Clinic Technical Assistance Series.
Additional links: Audio Recording, Presentation Slides, Transcript
Date: 08/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, National Association of Rural Health Clinics
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2018 Annual Surveillance Report of Drug-related Risks and Outcomes
Summarizes latest information on opioid prescribing from 2006-2017; drug use, misuse, and substance use disorder from 2014-2015; nonfatal overdose hospitalizations and emergency department visits from 2015; and drug overdose mortality from 1999-2016. Features statistics with breakdowns by large metropolitan, small metropolitan, non-metropolitan urbanized, non-metropolitan less urbanized, and completely rural. Highlights notable differences in the report from 2017 to 2018.
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Association of State Medicaid Expansion With Rate of Uninsured Hospitalizations for Major Cardiovascular Events, 2009-2014
Results of a study to investigate whether rates of uninsured hospitalizations for cardiovascular events and in-hospital mortality varied by Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansion at the state level. Features statistics including demographics with breakdowns by rural or urban/suburban location.
Author(s): Ehimare Akhabue, Lindsay R. Pool, Clyde W. Yancy, Philip Greenland, Donald Lloyd-Jones
Citation: JAMA Network Open 1(4)
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
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Geographic Distribution and Survival Outcomes for Rural Patients With Cancer Treated in Clinical Trials
Results of a comparative effectiveness study of 36,995 patients with uniform access to cancer care in treatment trials from 1986-2012. Includes statistics for various types of cancer with breakdowns by urban and rural locations.
Author(s): Joseph M. Unger, Anna Moseley, Banu Symington, et al.
Citation: JAMA Network Open 1(4)
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
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The HPV Vaccine: Access and Use in the U.S.
Fact sheet discussing HPV and related cancers, HPV vaccines, insurance coverage, and access. Includes statistics from 2011-2015 showing racial and ethnic disparities in cervical cancer incidence and mortality rates, and vaccination coverage as of 2016 among female adolescents with breakdowns by urban or rural status and by state.
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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