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Resources by Topic: Research methods and resources

Translational Science: Research with Results that Touch Rural Populations
Provides an overview of translational science and the role of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). Discusses how NCATS is working to ensure rural communities benefit from translated science. Features a New York telehealth program addressing Parkinson Disease that is helping rural patients.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Science: Involving Rural America in Research
Features translational science teams in Arkansas, Florida, and Washington that are helping ensure new scientific findings are being used in rural communities to help patients. Discusses community engagement, the role of the electronic health record in data sharing, and collaboration with cooperative extension.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Dissemination of Rural Health Research: A Toolkit
Offers health services researchers a variety of approaches and products to help communicate research findings to their target audience. Provides general guidelines, as well as advice related to specific product types, such as fact sheets and policy briefs, and to particular methods of communication, including social media.
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Research Gateway
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Trends in Clinical Research Including Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Participants Funded by the US National Institute of Health, 1992 to 2018
Study in which data from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) system was used to find NIH-funded research focused on Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander populations. Features statistics including dollar amounts allocated to research, and funding amounts provided to various projects and organizations, with breakdowns by select states plus the District of Columbia and Guam.
Author(s): Lan N. Doan, Yumie Takata, Kari-Lyn K. Sakuma
Citation: JAMA Network Open 2(7)
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
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The Rural-ness of Social Isolation: Information from Recent Public Health Research
Dr. Carrie Henning-Smith, deputy director of the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center, explains how social isolation and loneliness impact rural Americans, based on information from her team's recent studies.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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2020 Census Predictive Models and Audience Segmentation Report: A New Design for the 21st Century
Reports on how different segments of the population are likely to self-respond to the 2020 Census. Identifies eight audience segments, groupings of census tracts with similar predicted self-response behavior and similar demographics related to self-response. Includes a map showing how they are geographically distributed. Two of the segments, Country Roads and Sparse Spaces, are rural. Others include rural areas. For each audience segment, information is provided on demographics, media consumption, and mindset related to the census.
Additional links: 2020 Census Audience Segment Descriptions
Author(s): Robert Kulzick, Laura Kail, Shawnna Mullenax, et al.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Wireless Substitution: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, July–December 2018
Provides data on households that rely on wireless telephones rather than landlines. Indicates trends by providing figures for 6-month periods from July 2015 to December 2018. Includes data for nonmetropolitan compared to metropolitan areas. Telephone surveys conducted using only landline numbers could be biased if the wireless-only population differs in relevant ways from the landline population.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Measuring Access to Care in National Surveys: Implications for Rural Health
Policy position brief reviewing access measures used in major national surveys and discussing implications for rural research on access to care. Features tables showing surveys, populations studied, and geographic measures; example survey questions for each access domain; and access to care measures in nationally-representative surveys.
Author(s): Carrie Henning-Smith, Ashley M. Hernandez, Hannah Neprash, Megan Lahr
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Reducing Cancer Among Native Populations: Models for Research, Prevention, and Treatment
Highlights the work of a cancer researcher, a foundation director, and healthcare provider who are engaging American Indians and Alaska Natives in cancer research, prevention, and treatment.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Research Spotlight on Rural Health
Highlights the comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) in rural areas. Includes information on the health conditions these studies address.
Date: 04/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
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