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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Statistics and data

Evaluating Telehealth Adoption and Related Barriers Among Hospitals Located in Rural and Urban Areas
Study examining telehealth adoption in hospitals, comparing rural, micropolitan, and metropolitan areas using 2018 American Hospital Association (AHA) Annual Survey data. Discusses barriers to telehealth implementation related to health information exchange (HIE) capacity and patient engagement through health information technology (HIT) systems.
Author(s): Jie Chen, Aitalohi Amaize, Deanna Barath
Citation: The Journal of Rural Health
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
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Chartbook on Healthcare for Veterans
Explores the disparities in access to, and healthcare received by, veterans. Describes disparities between veterans and non-veterans, within the veteran population, and among users of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Includes rural-urban comparisons throughout.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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Urban-Rural Differences in Visits to Office-based Physicians by Adults With Hypertension: United States, 2014–2016
Examines urban-rural differences in office-based physician visits made by adults 18 and older with hypertension. Provides data by age group, by sex, and by race/ethnicity for non-Hispanic White, non-Hispanic Black, and Hispanic populations.
Additional links: Questions for the Lead Author, NCHStats blog
Author(s): Danielle Davis, Pinyao Rui
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool
Provides county-by-county data on the risk level related to COVID-19 of attending an event, given the event size and location. Covers events from 10 to 5,000 potential attendees.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: Applied Bioinformatics Laboratory, Georgia Institute of Technology, Stanford University
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Linking Work-Life Occupational Exposures with Distress and Mortality Before and After Retirement
Poster describing results of a study using nationally representative data from 1981-2017. Features statistics on the association between distress-related deaths and higher-risk or lower-risk occupations, with breakdowns by rural and nonrural locations.
Author(s): Sarah B. Laditka, James N. Laditka, Ahmed A. Arif, Oluwaseun Adeyemi
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Underserved Health Research Center
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Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Environmental Scan
Reports on an environmental scan to define maternal morbidity and identify risk factors, processes, and innovations relevant to maternal morbidity and mortality care delivery and measurement. Discusses rurality as a factor influencing maternal health outcomes.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Quality Forum
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Deaths From COVID‐19 in Rural, Micropolitan, and Metropolitan Areas: A County‐Level Comparison
Presents a study on the difference in rates of mortality from COVID-19 in rural versus urban areas. Discusses the factors that predict COVID-19 mortality, such as elderly populations and limited access to healthcare, among others. Breaks down data in rural, metropolitan, and micropolitan counties and highlights COVID-19 cases, hospital beds, and unemployment rate, among other mortality measures in those counties.
Author(s): Saleema A. Karim, Hsueh-Fen Chen
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
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Lung Cancer Staging at Diagnosis in the Veterans Health Administration: Is Rurality an Influencing Factor? A Cross‐Sectional Study
Highlights a study on the correlation between the stage of lung cancer at point of diagnosis and rurality of the patient being treated by the Veterans Health Administration. Breaks down patient data by age, race, and region, among others measures.
Author(s): Rolando Sanchez, Yunshu Zhou, Mary S. Vaughan Sarrazin, et al.
Citation: Journal of Rural Health, 36, 484-495
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
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Pipeline Programs Can Support Reforms in Medical Education: A Cohort Study of Alabama's Rural Health Leaders Pipeline to Engage Community Leaders
Presents a study examining the efficacy of a medical education pipeline program to provide healthcare professionals for rural communities in Alabama. Details the distributions of graduates throughout the state and highlights the counties by the percentage of their populations that are rural, poor, and Black, among other measures.
Author(s): John R. Wheat, James D. Leeper
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
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Urban–Rural Disparities in Access to Low-Dose Computed Tomography Lung Cancer Screening in Missouri and Illinois
Investigates the relationship between rurality and access to low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) lung cancer screening. Includes county-level maps for Missouri and Illinois, with data on LDCT access, lung cancer deaths per 100,000 people, and prevalence of adult smoking.
Author(s): Karthik Rohatgi, Christine Marx, Marquita Lewis-Thames, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 17
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
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