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Resources by Topic: Primary care

Oklahoma Health Professional Shortage Areas - Primary Care
Map of Oklahoma with counties delineated identifying the location of designated Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) facilities and Primary Care HPSAs by designation type.
Date: 07/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Oklahoma State University Center for Rural Health
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Mapping Our Way to Success: Wisconsin’s Physician Workforce, 2018 Healthcare Workforce Report
Profiles physicians in Wisconsin and provides projections for the primary care physician workforce into the year 2035 by analyzing additional data, such as the supply of physicians from medical schools, Graduate Medical Education (GME) training, and recruitment. Discusses the expected physician workforce need in rural communities. Includes statistics on Wisconsin physicians by rural-urban community area (RUCA) categories and specialty and other county-level data.
Additional links: Issue Brief
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Council on Medical Education and Workforce
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Integrating Responses at the Intersection of Opioid Use Disorder and Infectious Disease Epidemics: Proceedings of a Workshop
Features the proceedings of a public workshop on the relationship between the opioid epidemic and the spread of infectious diseases. Presents research and policy options, such as integrating infectious disease treatment into opioid treatment and prevention efforts, as well as exploring the role of law enforcement. Discusses barriers to treatment and prevention in rural areas.
Additional links: Read Online
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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Community Recruiters
Article describing the process a rural North Dakota community used to recruit two family physicians, through the efforts of community members and representatives of the local Critical Access Hospital.
Author(s): Stacy Kusler
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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North Dakota Health Professional Shortage Areas
County-level map of North Dakota displaying designated primary care health professional shortage areas (HPSAs) and facilities.
Date: 07/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health
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Rural And Nonrural Primary Care Physician Practices Increasingly Rely On Nurse Practitioners
Details a study comparing rural and urban reliance on nurse practitioners as providers of primary care. Discusses the role of Medicaid expansion and scope of practice in findings.
Author(s): Hilary Barnes, Michael R. Richards, Matthew D. McHugh, Grant Martsolf
Citation: Health Affairs, 37(6)
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
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Veterans' Experiences with the Veterans Choice Program
Podcast discusses a survey of veterans' experiences with the Veterans Choice Program and compares their evaluation to the previous Community Care Program.
Date: 06/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: VA Health Services Research & Development Service
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What Makes Physician Assistant (PA) Training Programs Successful at Training Rural PAs?
Results of a study analyzing characteristics of PA programs producing high proportions of graduates who choose rural practice, using data collected from 173 programs from November 2015 through January 2016. Features statistics with breakdowns by rurally oriented and non-rurally oriented programs and those with high and low rural productivity.
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
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PAs in Rural Locations Ready to Meet Primary Care Needs
Describes characteristics of physician assistants (PAs) working in rural areas, based on data collected from 9,140 PAs for the 2018 American Academy of PAs Salary Survey. Features statistics with breakdowns by rural or urban location and by various medical specialties.
Author(s): Noel Smith
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Academy of PAs
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Mental Health-related Physician Office Visits by Adults Aged 18 and Over: United States, 2012–2014
Examines adult mental health-related physician office visits by specialty and patient characteristics. Includes information on visits to psychiatrists, primary care physicians, and other physicians in large metropolitan, medium to small metropolitan, and rural areas.
Additional links: Questions for the Lead Author, NCHStats blog
Author(s): Donald Cherry, Michael Albert, Linda F. McCaig
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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