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Resources by Topic: Surgery

Breast Reconstruction Surgery for Mastectomy in Hospital Inpatient and Ambulatory Settings, 2009-2014
Examines reconstruction surgeries for mastectomy among adult women over a 5-year period, with data by patient and hospital characteristics. Includes rural/urban data by location of patient residence and by hospital location.
Author(s): Adela M. Miller, Claudia A. Steiner, Marguerite L. Barrett, Kathryn R. Fingar, Anne Elixhauser
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Surgeries in Hospital-Based Ambulatory Surgery and Hospital Inpatient Settings, 2014
Provides national data on surgeries performed in hospital inpatient and hospital-based ambulatory surgery (outpatient) settings. Table 1 includes data for rural, urban teaching, and urban nonteaching hospitals.
Author(s): Claudia A. Steiner, Zeynal Karaca, Brian J. Moore, Melina C. Imshaug, Gary Pickens
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Rural Surgery: High Pressure but Rewarding
Describes the challenges, advantages, and rewards associated with practicing surgery in a rural area.
Author(s): Susan Long
Location: Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, 102(1)
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American College of Surgeons
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Nebraska State-Designated Shortage Area: General Surgery
Shows surgical shortage areas in Nebraska.
Date: 11/2016
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Nebraska Office of Rural Health
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Skills Course Helps Rural Surgeons Stay Current
Describes the components of the Nora Institute Advanced Skills Course for Rural Surgeons, a multidisciplinary curriculum developed by rural and academic surgeons and consisting of 10 modules which are rotated annually. The first course was offered in connection with the North Dakota and South Dakota chapters of the American College of Surgeons, with future courses planned for Utah, New Mexico, and Alabama.
Author(s): Amy L. Halverson
Location: Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, 101(4)
Date: 04/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American College of Surgeons
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Improving Access to Surgical Care in Rural America: An Interview with J. David Richardson
Explores the need for local access to surgical facilities, the importance of creating awareness among the leaders of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), and the ways in which the ACS can help improve access.
Author(s): Mark W. Puls
Location: Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, 100(10), 34-38
Date: 10/2015
Type: Document
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Place Based Surgery
Discusses the preparation required to succeed as a general surgeon serving a rural community. Slides from a presentation at the RTT Collaborative annual meeting.
Author(s): David Kermode
Date: 05/2015
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: RTT Collaborative
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The 21st Century Rural Hospital: A Chart Book
Presents an extensive overview of the rural hospital of the 21st century. Discusses how rural hospitals have transformed from a traditional inpatient and emergency department facility to an integrated health system providing a wide variety of services. Contains sections with data about U.S. rural hospitals, the patient population, inpatient and outpatient services and finance.
Author(s): Victoria A. Freeman, Kristie Thompson, H. Ann Howard, Randy Randolph, G. Mark Holmes
Date: 03/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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The Effect of Surgery on the Profitability of Rural Hospitals
Examines the effect of surgery on the profitability of rural hospitals, through analysis of market data from 2000 to 2008.
Author(s): Saleema Karim, George Holmes, George Pink
Location: The Journal of Health Care Finance
Date: 02/2015
Type: Document
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Variability in General Surgical Procedures in Rural and Urban U.S. Hospital Inpatient Settings
Analyzes rural and urban variations in frequently performed inpatient surgical procedures that could be handled by general surgeons rather than subspecialists.
Author(s): Mark P. Doescher, J. Elizabeth Jackson, Meredith A. Fordyce, Dana C. Lynge
Date: 02/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
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