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UMRHRC Projects 2007-2008

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Implementation of Telepharmacy in Rural Hospitals: Potential for Improving Medication Safety
The purpose of this project is to describe successful telepharmacy activities and to analyze policy issues related to the implementation of telepharmacy projects in rural hospitals. These policy issues include the potential impact of telepharmacy use on the quality of pharmaceutical services and medication safety for rural patients.

The Impact of Expansion of Ambulatory Surgery Centers on Rural Hospitals and Communities
The purpose of this project is to examine the extent of freestanding ambulatory surgery center (ASC) expansion into rural communities between 1998 and 2005, the market factors driving that expansion, and the impact of ASCs on the operational and financial viability of rural hospitals located in the same communities.

The policy brief for this project can be found here.

Patient Assessments and Quality of Care in Rural Hospitals
The purpose of this project is to:

  1. analyze the relationships between rural patients’ perspectives of hospital quality of care and key hospital characteristics that may influence patients’ experiences of hospital care;
  2. assess whether rural patients’ perspectives of hospital quality of care are related to quality measures focused on the provision of recommended care for medical conditions.