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Resources by Topic: Research methods and resources

Population Denominator Data Sources and Data for Use with the HCUP Databases (Updated with 2017 Population Data)
Identifies sources of population data that can be used with Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) databases to calculate rates of hospital care events per population. Includes two rural-urban population data sources. Appendix A, Tables A.6 and A.7 provide U.S. population figures from 2000 through 2017 for a 4-category urban-rural definition and a 6-category urban-rural definition.
Additional links: Appendix A: Population Data Tables
Author(s): Marguerite Barrett, Rosanna M. Coffey, Katharine Levit
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Data Sources and Data-Linking Strategies to Support Research to Address the Opioid Crisis: Final Report
Identifies and describes secondary data sources that can be used in research and evaluations related to the opioid crisis. Discusses common approaches used to link or merge data sources. Describes research needs and challenges related to studying the opioid crisis.
Author(s): Rosanna Smart, Courtney Ann Kase, Amanda Meyer, Bradley D. Stein
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, RAND Corporation
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U.S. Small-Area Life Expectancy Estimates Project: Methodology and Results Summary
Describes the methodology used to determine the first set of abridged period life tables for U.S. census tracts from 2010 to 2015 for the District of Columbia and all states excluding Maine and Wisconsin. Provides statistics on small-area life expectancy at birth, and life expectancy at birth and population educational attainment by census tract.
Author(s): E. Arias, L. A. Escobedo, J. Kennedy, C. Fu, J. Cisewski
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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A Core Set of Rural-Relevant Measures and Measuring and Improving Access to Care: 2018 Recommendations from the MAP Rural Health Workgroup
Identifies a set of core measures focused on rural access to care and recommends how to measure them while coordinating data collection efforts. Third in a series of 3 reports documenting the Measures Applications Partnerships Rural Health Workgroup's efforts, a public-private partnership of healthcare stakeholders.
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Quality Forum MAP Rural Health Workgroup
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Engaging People Who Are Hard to Reach
Discusses the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute's (PCORI) efforts in engaging rural communities in healthcare research. Presents methods for reaching migrant and seasonal farmworker populations, as well as other predominately rural groups.
Author(s): Clover Ulrich, Yasmeen Long, Ivey Wohlfeld, Lia Hotchkiss
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
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The Death Certificate: A Document to be Honored and Accurate
Provides an overview of the role that death certificates play in understanding death causation and allocating health resources to address key health concerns. Discusses training approaches that can help address death certificate inaccuracies.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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2020 Census: Actions Needed to Address Challenges to Enumerating Hard-to-Count Groups
Examines the U.S. Census Bureau’s plans for the 2020 Census to improve the count of hard-to-count groups, which includes people living in rural or geographically isolated areas, racial and ethnic minorities, people with mental and/or physical disabilities, and other groups. Discusses factors that make it challenging to count certain people, including difficulties related to locating, contacting, persuading, and interviewing.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Recommended CSTE Indicators for Suicide among American Indians and Alaska Natives
Discusses recommended indicators for measuring rates of suicide, and associated risk factors, among American Indian and Alaska Native populations. Presents suggestions for different national data sources, as well as state, local, and regional sources.
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
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Conducting a Randomized Trial in Rural and Urban Safety-Net Health Centers: Added Value of Community-Based Participatory Research
Results of a colorectal cancer screening study using data from two health networks comprising 11 Federally Qualified Health Centers in metropolitan St. Louis and rural Missouri. Examines characteristics of the 483 participants and differences between the rural and urban health centers where the screenings took place. Features demographic statistics.
Author(s): Meera Muthukrishnan, Siobhan Sutcliffe, Jean M. Hunleth, et al.
Citation: Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications, 10, 29-35
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
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Issues in Developing Multidimensional Indices of State-level Health Inequalities: National Health Interview Survey, 2013–2015
Examines methodological issues related to developing and estimating health inequality measures that span multiple dimensions of health. One of the inequality attributes included in the discussion is urbanicity, based on the NCHS urban-rural classification scheme.
Author(s): Makram Talih, Maria A. Villarroel
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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