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UMRHRC Projects 2005-2006

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Rural Emergency Department Staffing: Implications for the Quality of Emergency Care Provided in Rural Areas
The purpose of this project is:

  1. to describe how rural hospitals are staffing their emergency departments (EDs);
  2. to determine how the certification, training, and experience of ED physicians and other providers in different ED staffing models vary;
  3. to assess the implications of rural ED staffing for the quality of emergency care in rural areas, continuity of care, and rural EDs’ role as safety net providers.

The publication for this project can be found here, and the policy brief here.

Hospitalizations of Rural Children for Ambulatory-Sensitive Condition
The purpose of this project is:

  1. to describe the conditions for which rural children are hospitalized, including ambulatory care sensitive conditions, and the procedures they undergo;
  2. to describe the characteristics of hospitals where rural children are admitted for inpatient care;
  3. to determine what patient-level factors and characteristics of the local health care system are related to ACSC admissions for rural children.

The policy brief for this project can be found here.

The Role of Rural Hospitals in Community-Centered Systems of Care: Supporting Population Health Improvement for Rural Communities
The purpose of this project is:

  1. to determine which community-centered, population-based services are being offered by rural hospitals;
  2. to determine what characteristics of rural hospitals and service area populations are associated with greater participation in community-centered, population-based service activities;
  3. to assess the implications of rural hospital participation in population-based services for achieving the Institute of Medicine rural quality goals.