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Resources by Topic: Research methods and resources

Wireless Substitution: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, July-December 2019
Provides data on households that rely on wireless telephones rather than landlines. Includes data on the percent of adults who live in wireless-only households and have their own wireless telephone, as well as data on phoneless adults. Provides data for nonmetropolitan compared to metropolitan areas. Discuses the need for surveys to include adequate representation of wireless-only households.
Additional links: Past Reports
Author(s): Stephen J. Blumberg, Julian V. Luke
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Health Services and Primary Care Research Study
Presents the results of a study on the contributions of federally-funded health services research and primary care research through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs from FY 2012-2018. Identifies opportunities for coordination and gaps in funding, methods and dissemination. Provides recommendations on how to maximize future funding of health services and primary care research. Includes rural references throughout.
Author(s): Peter Mendel, Courtney A. Gidengil, Andrada Tomoaia-Cotisel, et al.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RAND Corporation
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National Hospital Care Survey Demonstration Projects: Opioid-Involved Emergency Department Visits, Hospitalizations, and Deaths
Demonstrates a method for linking three data sets to examine opioid-involved emergency department (ED) visits, hospitalizations, and mortality. Reported results are not nationally representative. Includes analysis of opioid-involved and nonopioid-involved ED-only visits for rural and urban areas.
Author(s): Merianne Rose Spencer, Lee Anne Flagg, Geoff Jackson, Carol DeFrances, Holly Hedegaard
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Considerations for Defining Rural Places in Health Policies and Programs
Highlights key questions to be considered when evaluating a definition of rural that is most appropriate for a specific policy or program. Discusses the principles needed to drive rural definitions and the current challenges of changing rural definitions. Provides an overview of common rural definitions in use, and offers options for the development of new definitions and adjustments to current definitions.
Author(s): Keith J. Mueller, Andrew F. Coburn, Alana Knudson, Jennifer P. Lundblad, A. Clinton MacKinney, et al.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute Rural Health Panel
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Exploring American Indian and Alaska Native Data on Census.gov
Webinar recording discusses the Census as source for resources and data about American Indian and Alaska Native populations and tribal geographies. Highlights the differences between, and how to find data for, AI/AN as a population group and tribal geographic area.
Additional links: Presentation Slides, Webinar Transcript
Date: 04/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Linking Research to Rural Communities with the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
Webinar recording discusses the role translational research plays in addressing rural health disparities. Features presentations by representatives from RHIhub, the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, and the Translational Research Institute.
Additional links: Audio Recording, Presentation Slides, Webinar Transcript
Date: 03/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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2020 Census Resources for Rural Health Stakeholders
Features ideas and resources shared during a February 27, 2020, Twitter Chat for rural stakeholders interested in ensuring a complete 2020 Census count for hard-to-count populations. Explains the importance of an accurate Census count to census-guided funding.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health, 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: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
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2020 Census Engagement Opportunities for Rural Health Stakeholders
#RuralHealthChat discusses the upcoming 2020 census and what's at stake for "hard-to-count" rural communities. Co-hosts RHIhub and NOSORH feature experts from the Census Project, the National Association of Counties, and the Rural Policy Institute, among others.
Date: 02/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Including Rural Populations in Research
Presents a video discussing the importance of researchers to include rural populations and rural programs in their healthcare research in order to achieve health equity and eliminate health disparities.
Author(s): Kristine Sande
Date: 02/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
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