Here is a countdown of the most-read articles of the year:
On average, rural residents wait twice as long for emergency medical services than urban residents. Stop the Bleed is a trauma training initiative that teaches laypeople how to pack wounds and apply tourniquets in order to improve survival rates until medical attention arrives.
Published October 3, 2018
As more federal dollars are directed toward the opioid crisis, three communities use grant funds for treatment and recovery care coordination in court, prisons, and the homes of new moms.
Published September 5, 2018
An in-depth look at death certificates shows how this vital statistic document can impact rural healthcare, rural healthcare policy, and public health interventions.
Follow the filing process for a death certificate document in Death Certificates: A Closer Look at Detail.
Published August 8, 2018
In this in-depth story, multiple clinical issues surrounding domestic violence (DV) and intimate partner violence (IPV) in rural settings are discussed by providers, researchers, and those serving indigenous populations. Rural prevalence rates, provider knowledge gaps, and healthcare expenditures are also reviewed.
Read more on how domestic violence impacts rural populations and healthcare:
- The Ruralness of Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence: Prevalence, Provider Knowledge Gaps, and Healthcare Costs
- Late Life Domestic Violence: No Such Thing as “Maturing Out” of Elder Abuse
- Indigenous People and Domestic Violence: Who’s Bringing Solutions
Published October 17, 2018
The benefits of palliative care are described as “the heart of healthcare.” Experts and advocates share the importance of scaling this care to rural outpatients with serious illness and chronic medical conditions.
Published October 31, 2018
Two healthcare organizations demonstrate how the social determinants of health and social risk assessment can be used as a framework for transforming a rural “health delivery system to a true health system.”
Published April 18, 2018
In addition to providing advice for those with potential interest in rural healthcare executive positions, four Critical Access Hospitals leaders – all under age 40 – share stories of innovation and impact on their organizations and communities.
Published January 24, 2018
An important aspect of the opioid crisis is opioid use disorder (OUD). This in-depth story focuses on the science behind the disorder and the use of an evidence-based treatment: MAT, or medication-assisted treatment.
Learn about the brain disease model of OUD and how MAT medications work to address it:
Published March 21, 2018
Limited funding, expanding coverage areas, and a cultural shift in volunteerism across generations has motivated EMS leaders to find new recruitment methods that attract more personnel and keep them as long as possible.
Published February 7, 2018
Moving the conversation away from finances, advocates share why general surgery plays an important role in a comprehensive rural population health strategy by delivering the right care in the right place at the right time.
Read more about the healthcare workforce and rural general surgery:
- The Rural General Surgeon’s Partner: Rural Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists
- Where Are They? Examining General Surgery Workforce Issues
Published June 27, 2018