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Resources by Topic: Surgery

Rural and Urban Hospitals' Role in Providing Inpatient Care, 2010
Compares inpatient care at rural and urban hospitals. Covers the amount of inpatient care provided, patient characteristics, first-listed diagnoses, number of procedures, and discharge location. Based on 2010 National Hospital Discharge Survey data.
Author(s): Margaret Jean Hall, Maria Owings
Date: 04/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Technology Widens Care Options for Rural Hospitals
Highlights how advancements in healthcare technology help rural providers improve both access and quality of care for patients, in addition to strengthening the financial bottom line for hospitals.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Running the Numbers: The Maldistribution of Health Care Providers in Rural and Underserved Areas in North Carolina
Discusses the maldistribution of health care professionals related to population needs in rural North Carolina. Highlights physician workforce shortages in primary care, general surgery, psychiatry, licensed nurse practitioners, and physician assistants.
Author(s): Julie C. Spero, Erin P. Fraher
Citation: North Carolina Medical Journal, 75(1), 74-79
Date: 01/2014
Type: Document
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Association Between Dedicated Rural Training Year and the Likelihood of Becoming a General Surgeon in a Small Town
Presents the results of a one-year study to determine if fourth-year residents training in a rural hospital setting would be more likely to practice general surgery over specialized surgery after residency was completed, and if they are more likely to practice in rural areas. The records of 70 surgical residents were divided into two groups: one group completed the rural residency program and the other group did not. Comparisons of the demographic characteristics of the two groups are discussed.
Author(s): Karen Deveney, Mark Deatherage, David Oehling
Citation: JAMA Surgery, 148(9), 817-821
Date: 09/2013
Type: Document
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Rural Service Delivery Integration and Patient Engagement
Profile of Aligning Forces Humboldt, a care coordination and patient engagement initiative in rural Humboldt County, California. The initiative focuses on patient engagement, reduction of unnecessary surgery, and care management for frequent users of the emergency department.
Date: 09/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Pursuing a Career in Humanitarian and Rural Surgery: When is the Best Time to Start?
Offers recommendations and resources for medical students and surgical residents interested in establishing careers in rural areas.
Author(s): Crystal M. Cunningham
Citation: Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, 98(2),18-21
Date: 02/2013
Type: Document
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The Future of Rural Health
Describes the current state of the rural healthcare system and the opportunities for improvement with the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Discusses core concepts of providing primary care, basic mental health and oral health services, surgery and obstetric, pharmacy, eye and audiology services, public health, new models of care, workforce issues, and more.
Author(s): Charlie Alfero, Tommy Barnhart, Darrold Bertsch, et al.
Date: 02/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Estimating the Need for a General Surgeon Based on the Demand for Primary Care Practitioners in the Medical Service Area
Describes the methodology used to estimate the need for rural general surgeons based on available primary care services in 2012.
Author(s): Fred C. Eilrich, Jonathan C. Sprague, Cheryl F. St. Clair, Gerald A. Doeksen
Date: 09/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Rural Health Works
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Evidence-Based Surgical Care Quality Improvement Programs and Strategies for Critical Access Hospitals
Focuses on evidence-based surgical care QI programs and strategies applicable to inpatient and outpatient surgeries in CAHs. One in a series of policy briefs identifying and assessing evidence-based patient safety and quality improvement interventions for use by state Flex Programs and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs).
Author(s): Jill Klingner, Michelle Casey, Shailendra Prasad, Walter Gregg, Ira Moscovice
Date: 08/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Flex Monitoring Team
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NOSORH Rural General Surgery Committee: Summary of Discussions, Recommendations and Tactics
Summarizes the importance of rural general surgery. Lists recommendations for State Offices of Rural Health; educational, loan, and scholarship support strategies; workforce strategies; and state level committee initiatives to support rural general surgery.
Date: 07/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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