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Resources by Topic: Research methods and resources

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): Elizabeth Arias, Loraine A. Escobedo, Jocelyn Kennedy, Chunxia Fu, Jodi 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 in 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 (FQHCs) 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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The History and Future of Rural Health Research: Celebrating 30 Years
Recording and slides from a June 4, 2018 webinar with Tom Morris of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Eric Larsen of the WWAMI Rural Health Research Center, and Marcia M. Ward of the Center for Health Policy and Research. They explore how rural health research has changed over time and discuss recent work on telemedicine and emergency and trauma care.
Additional links: Presentation Slides, Transcript, Webinar Recording
Date: 06/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Research Gateway
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Reporting of Indian Health Service Coverage in the American Community Survey
Evaluates the extent to which American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIANs) misreport Indian Health Services (IHS) coverage in the American Community Services (ACS), as well as characteristics associated with false negative and false positive misreporting. Includes data on urban/rural residence. Findings based on a comparison of the IHS portion of the 2014 ACS health insurance question to whether or not individuals are in the 2014 IHS Patient Registration data.
Author(s): Renuka Bhaskar, Rachel M. Shattuck, James Noon
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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