Topics: Primary care

Diagnosing the Rural COPD Patient: Ask About Symptoms, Use Spirometry

3.5 million people living in rural counties have been diagnosed with COPD


The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute calculates that 3.5 million rural Americans have COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It’s also estimated that hundreds of thousands of rural Americans have the condition and don’t know it. Though it is a condition without a cure, it is a condition with hope. The COPD Foundation’s Chief Science Officer and a State Captain share how asking questions and doing spirometry can help diagnose the condition.

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November 20, 2019

Office-Based Spirometry: Key to Diagnosing Rural COPD Patients

graphic depicting spirometry process


Chronic obstructive lung disease, or COPD, is a disease with a stronghold in rural America: almost double the prevalence and double the mortality rates compared to large urban areas. Though it is a condition with no cure, it’s a condition that has treatments — and hope — making proper diagnosis by spirometry imperative.

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November 20, 2019

Rising from the Ashes: How Trauma-Informed Care Nurtures Healing in Rural America

Dr. Bird Gilmartin with a patient


Wildfires. Child abuse. Sexual assault. The negative and ongoing effects of these experiences are the reason communities and medical providers are using an approach called trauma-informed care. This article features ways trauma is understood and treated in a rural community, a Wyoming pediatrician’s clinic, and for nurses providing assault exams.

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April 17, 2019

ATC Update: The Health Wagon Featured on CBS News

Teresa Gardner and Paula Hill Meade with CBS reporter Scott Pelley


The Health Wagon, which offers free health care to thousands of patients each year in Southwestern Virginia, was recently spotlighted on the CBS news show, “60 Minutes.”

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May 15, 2014

Health Care Integration Offers Multiple Benefits

Sheila Brijade, DDS, pediatric dentist welcomes a new patient


As healthcare reform encourages integration of healthcare to treat the patient as a whole, behavioral health and oral care are being integrated into primary care practices around the country.

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November 18, 2013

An Interview with Clint MacKinney, M.D.

Clint MacKinney, MD, MS


MacKinney, an emergency room doc, professor and RUPRI Health Panel member, discusses how health care can be transformed to a system of care that responds to patient and community needs.

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May 15, 2013