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Resources by Topic: Statistics and data

Rural Residents Lag in Preventive Services Use; Lag Increases with Service Complexity
Describes preventive service utilization rates among rural adults and explores the factors that contribute to utilization disparities. Compares utilization rates for the following preventive services: routine physical exams, cervical cancer screening, breast cancer screening, colorectal cancer screening, and adult immunizations. Provides breakdowns by race/ethnicity and rural, urban, and remote areas.
Date: 06/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Minority Health Research Center (formerly the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center)
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Rural-Urban Differences in Health Care Access Vary Across Measures
Compares rural and urban residents for a number of healthcare access indicators, including: having a usual source of care, difficulty accessing a usual source of care, and use of preventive services. Discusses policy implications.
Author(s): Erika Ziller, Jennifer Lenardson
Date: 06/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Maine Rural Health Research Center
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The Availability of Family Medicine Residency Training in Rural Locations of the United States
Discusses the role family medicine residency programs play in producing rural primary care physicians. Provides data on the number of family medicine residency training positions in rural and urban areas in 2000 and 2007.
Date: 06/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
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The Aging of the Primary Care Physician Workforce: Are Rural Locations Vulnerable?
Describes the rural areas of the U.S. where impending retirement threatens access to primary care, and offers potential solutions to the problem. Includes a map showing the percent of near-retirement primary care providers in nonmetropolitan areas by state.
Date: 06/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
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Impact of the Recession on Rural America: Rising Unemployment Leading to More Uninsured in 2009
Presents the results of state and county analysis of unemployment rates nationally in rural (nonmetropolitan) and urban areas over the period 2007-February 2009. Discusses the impact of rising unemployment on uninsurance in rural areas and their combined impact on the need for healthcare reform.
Author(s): Timothy McBride, Leah Kemper
Date: 06/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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A Rural-Urban Comparison of a Building Blocks Approach to Covering the Uninsured
Uses a health insurance model to compare the effects of a building blocks approach on health insurance coverage and health spending, focusing on the non-metropolitan versus metropolitan differences of this approach.
Author(s): Timothy McBride
Date: 06/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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Profile of Rural Health Insurance Coverage: A Chartbook
Provides information on the health insurance status of rural Americans under the age of 65. Includes recent estimates and changes since 1997 in rural health insurance coverage; differences in the demographic, socio-economic, employment and other risk factors for uninsurance among rural and urban residents; demographic and economic characteristics and employment differences of the rural and urban uninsured; and policy implications for covering the rural uninsured.
Additional links: Research & Policy Brief: Health Insurance Profile Indicates Need to Expand Coverage in Rural Areas, July 2009
Author(s): Jennifer D. Lenardson, Erika C. Ziller, Andrew F. Coburn, Nathaniel J. Anderson
Date: 06/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Maine Rural Health Research Center
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May 2009: PPOs Driving Growth in Rural Medicare Advantage Enrollment
Describes the 2009 growth of rural Medicare Advantage (MA) enrollment and in preferred provider organization (PPO) plan enrollment, while the rate of enrollment in private fee-for-service (PFFS) plans declines.
Author(s): Leah Kemper, Timothy D. McBride, Keith Mueller
Date: 06/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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Occupational Injury and Treatment Patterns of Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers
Highlights a study based on a survey of migrant and seasonal workers in Maine and New York regarding occupational injuries and treatment locations. Breaks down rate of migrant health center and emergency room utilization, as well as the rate of injuries treated elsewhere and those that went untreated.
Author(s): Melissa A. Brower, Giulia B. Earle-Richardson, John J. May, Paul L. Jenkins
Citation: Journal of Agromedicine, 14(2), 172-178
Date: 05/2009
Type: Document
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Medicaid: Source of Screening Affects Women's Eligibility for Coverage of Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment in Some States
Examines data on women screened for breast or cervical cancer through the Early Detection Program, how states have implemented the Treatment Act, and related data on Medicaid enrollment and spending. Contains several case studies, including one addressing rural access to early detection programs and treatment resources for breast and cervical cancer.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 05/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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