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Rural Health

AHRQ Focus on Research: Rural Health Care
Improving Health Care for Rural Populations
MEDTEP Research Projects, 1989-1996
Strengthening Managed Care

Workshop Summaries

Improving Patient Safety In Rural Hospitals: A Workshop With Wisconsin Health Care Leaders
Rural Health Care: Challenges and Opportunities
Strengthening the Rural Health Infrastructure: Network Development and Managed Care Strategies


Agency Press Releases

12/22/03 HHS Issues National Reports on Quality and Disparities in the Use of Health Care Services

Research Findings

Research Activities, February 2004:
Rural studies examine satisfaction with and cost-effectiveness of telecolposcopy for women with abnormal Pap smears

Research Activities, December 2003:
Determinants of children's access to care in rural North Carolina are similar to those of urban and suburban children

Research Activities, October 2003:
High-risk patients with certain cancers are the best candidates for referral to high-volume cancer surgery hospitals

Research Activities, September 2003:
Computer-based telecolposcopy may offer superior diagnostic services to clinicians and patients in remote areas

Research Activities, October 2002:
Enrollment in Medicare+Choice plans has increased considerably in recent years but remains quite low in rural areas

Research Activities, September 2002:
Almost three-fourths of rural residents with HIV or AIDS go to urban areas for health care
Elderly people in rural areas receive fewer home health care services and have worse outcomes than those in urban areas

Research Activities, July 2002:
HCSUS studies examine the impact of rural location, insurance, and physician expertise on HIV/AIDS care

Research Activities, June 2002:
Shifting to Medicaid managed care in New Mexico increased barriers for rural residents and burdened safety-net providers

Research Activities, May 2002:
Telecolposcopy may help reduce barriers to diagnosis of cervical cancer among rural women

Research Activities, April 2002:
Researchers examine rural long-term care

Research Activities, March 2002:
Rural hospitals are more likely to pursue managed care strategies in highly competitive markets

Research Activities, November 2001:
Rural family practice clinics often provide more preventive services than similar urban and suburban clinics

Research Activities, October 2001:
Large remote rural towns may provide the best conditions for high-quality care of older people with diabetes

Research Activities, August 2001:
Rising medication costs prompt many rural elders to take fewer medicines and smaller doses than prescribed

Research Activities, May 2001:
Rural youths are much more likely to receive preventive and acute care if they have a regular source of care

Research Activities, January 2001:
Rural hospitals that treat few heart attack patients may rely on protocols to guide use of aspirin and clot-busting drugs

Research Activities, December 2000:
Enhanced access to care for rural and disadvantaged patients may be a by-product of the high cost of a medical education

Research Activities, November 2000:
Inadequate hospital care and illness severity prompt rural patients to seek care at hospitals outside their areas
Health care quality standards for rural areas should be practical, useful, and affordable


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