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Resources by Topic: Surgery

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
Citation: 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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Responding to the Need for Rural General Surgery Training Sites: A How-To
Discusses the key steps to establishing a rural focused general surgery residency program and factors to consider such as the selection of appropriate training sites offering exposer to a variety of surgical procedures, compliance with Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) regulations, and funding for the trainee to support housing, salary, and medical liability insurance. Describes existing general surgery training models in rural areas of Wisconsin, North Dakota, New York, South Dakota, and Oregon.
Author(s): Karen Deveney, Benjamin T. Jarman, Robert Sticca
Date: 04/2015
Type: Document
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Breast Cancer Stage, Surgery, and Survival Statistics for Idaho's National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program Population, 2004–2012
Examines differences in cause-specific breast cancer survival among women screened by Women's Health Check (WHC) and women screened outside WHC to determine how survival and the type of surgery varies by stage diagnosis in rural Idaho. Includes WHC linked and nonlinked cancer data by age, type of surgery, and survival time, all stratified by cancer stage at diagnosis.
Author(s): Christopher J. Johnson, Robert Graff, Patti Moran, Charlene Cariou, Susan Bordeaux
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 12
Date: 03/2015
Type: Document
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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 A. Karim, George M. Holmes, George H. Pink
Citation: The Journal of Health Care Finance, 41(4)
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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Surgical Services in Critical Access Hospitals, 2011
Illustrates the major surgical services provided in Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) by type and capacity in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
Author(s): Paula Weigel, Fred Ullrich, Marcia M. Ward, Keith J. Mueller
Date: 02/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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Disparities in the Utilization of Laparoscopic Surgery for Colon Cancer in Rural Nebraska: A Call for Placement and Training of Rural General Surgeons
Examines demographic and clinical characteristics associated with receiving a laparoscopic colectomy and a rural versus urban analysis of patients who received either a laparoscopic or an open colectomy procedure in rural Nebraska. Includes data by both surgical procedures by insurance payer, cancer location and stage at diagnosis, gender, and marital status, among others.
Author(s): Kelli Gruber, Amr S. Soliman, Kendra Schmid, et al.
Citation: Journal of Rural Health, 31(4), 392-400
Date: 2015
Type: Document
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Changing Patterns in Hospitalization and Inpatient Surgery of Rural and Urban Residents
Slides from a presentation given at the 2015 National Conference on Health Statistics. Describes rural and urban hospital patients, hospitalizations, and procedures, comparing data from 2001 and 2010. Includes information on challenges facing rural hospitals.
Author(s): Marni Hall, Maria F. Owings
Date: 2015
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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