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Association of Quality of Care With Where Veterans Choose to Get Knee Replacement Surgery
Explores the association between the proportion of total knee arthroplasties performed by Veterans Health Administration facilities and the quality of care provided. Features statistics including demographics with breakdowns by urban or rural location.
Author(s): Nicholas J. Giori, Erin E. Beilstein-Wedel, Michael Shwartz, et al.
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 5(9)
Date: 09/2022
Type: Document
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Rural-Urban Differences in Breast Cancer Surgical Delays in Medicare Beneficiaries
Examines patients with early-stage breast cancer to evaluate biopsy-to-surgery delays by rurality of patient and surgery location. Analyzes 238,491 patients who underwent breast cancer surgery with demographic breakdowns by age, hospital type/location, race/ethnicity, area deprivation index, and patient and surgery location such as isolated small rural town, small rural town, large rural city/town, and urban.
Author(s): Ronnie J. Zipkin, Andrew Schaefer, Changzhen Wang, et al.
Citation: Annals of Surgical Oncology, 29(9), 5759-5769
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
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Overcoming Disparities in Surgical Care among Native Americans
Discusses the disparity in access to oncologic surgical care for Native Americans. Details a pathway program at the Oregon Health & Science University aimed as increasing matriculation rates among Native Americans into medicals school.
Author(s): Thomas L. Sutton, Brett C. Sheppard
Citation: Bulletin of The American College of Surgeons
Date: 04/2022
Type: Document
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Predictors of Hospital Choice among Rural Patients Seeking Elective Surgery: A Scoping Review
Identifies literature describing determinants of hospital choice among rural patients seeking elective surgery and summarizes data and findings from these studies. Includes considerations for future research on rural hospital bypass.
Author(s): Yuqi Zhang, Tyler Malone, Sarah Cantrell, et al.
Date: 04/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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Directory of Mississippi Health Facilities
Directory of Mississippi health facilities with address, phone number, and accreditation status if applicable, current as of February 2, 2022. Includes a list of rural health facilities on pages 88-98.
Date: 02/2022
Type: Directory
Sponsoring organization: Mississippi State Department of Health
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Catchment Profile of Large Cochlear Implant Centers in the United States
Analyzes catchment of cochlear implant (CI) procedures across the country, how far patients travel to complete the procedure, and residence of patients. Examines 6,313 adult and pediatric CI surgeries from 2015 through 2020 completed at 7 different CI centers in the U.S. Includes rural versus urban comparisons of CI center location and patient residence.
Author(s): Ashley M. Nassiri, Meredith A. Holcomb, Elizabeth L. Perkins, et al.
Citation: Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, 167(3), 545-551
Date: 01/2022
Type: Document
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Geospatial Analysis of Access to Emergency Cesarean Delivery for Military and Civilian Populations in the US
Results of a study of 29 military medical treatment facilities (MTFs) and 2,363 civilian hospitals, to identify opportunities for military-civilian partnership in obstetric care and to assess whether civilian use of MTFs could improve access to emergency cesarean delivery care, particularly for women in rural areas. Features a county-level map showing coverage of population within a 30-minute travel time to a facility providing emergency cesarean delivery care, and statistics on travel time coverage to civilian hospitals and MTFs providing emergency cesarean delivery care.
Author(s): Tarsicio Uribe-Leitz, Bridget Matsas, Michael K. Dalton, et al.
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 5(1)
Date: 01/2022
Type: Document
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Overview of Major Ambulatory Surgeries Performed in Hospital-Owned Facilities, 2019
Presents data on major ambulatory surgeries performed in hospital-owned facilities using the 2019 Nationwide Ambulatory Surgery Sample (NASS). Includes statistics on ambulatory surgeries by patient and hospital characteristics, including age, community income, patient and hospital location, and primary expected payer.
Date: 12/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Overview of Operating Room Procedures During Inpatient Stays in U.S. Hospitals, 2018
Report offering statistics on operating room (OR) procedures during 2018 using National Inpatient Sample (NIS) data. Compares OR procedure rates to overall hospital stays, examines patient characteristics including rural and metro location, and ranks the top 20 OR procedures with breakdowns by gender, age, and costliness.
Author(s): Kimberly W. McDermott, Lan Liang
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Texas Surgical Assistants, 2020: Trends, Distribution, and Demographics
Fact sheet describing growth trends and population-to-provider data by county and geographic designation of surgical assistants in Texas. Features statistics with breakdowns by metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas.
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
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