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Healthcare Access in Rural Communities News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Restricting Who Gets an Organ Transplant
Jul 19, 2018 - Included among the criteria to receive an organ transplant is social support via friends and family, despite limited evidence that it contributes significantly to the success of a transplant. New research has found that more clinicians reported using this criterion than reported supporting it. One in four thought it was an unfair standard. The concern is not only that there isn't evidence to support this criterion, but that it is subjective and vulnerable to bias. Research also shows that it disproportionately affects people of color, people with low incomes, and people living in rural areas.
Source: TuftsNow
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It’s 4 A.M. The Baby’s Coming. But the Hospital Is 100 Miles Away.
Jul 17, 2018 - Discusses the lack of access to obstetric care in much of the rural areas of the county, focusing on a community in Missouri where the local hospital recently closed and many surrounding hospitals have closed their obstetrics units, making the distance to care significant. Also touches on the impact to a rural community when it loses a hospital and when it loses this specific kind of care. (May require subscription to view full article.)
Source: The New York Times
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A Conversation with Scott Daniels
Jun 19, 2018 - Radio interview with Scott Daniels, Ph.D., Performance Improvement Coordinator at the State of Hawaii Office of Primary Care and Rural Health. Discussion includes rural health in Hawaii, the difficulty of attracting providers to the state, especially to the most rural and remote areas, the emphasis on culturally-competent care, and a leadership development program being implemented among Critical Access Hospitals in the state, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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Last Updated: 7/23/2018