Measuring and Evaluating the Performance of Vertically Integrated Rural Health Networks

Publication Date: January 8th, 1995
Publication Type(s): Peer-reviewed Journal Publications
Author(s): Moscovice, I., Christianson, J., and Wellever, A.

Journal of Rural Health 11:9-21, 1995.

The growing interest in health care networks is extraordinary given the lack of a common understanding of what networks are and what they can accomplish. The purpose of this article is to develop a conceptual approach to the study of vertically integrated rural health networks. This article provides a network typology, a framework for assessing network performance, and examples of measurable performance indicators. It concludes with a description of the salient research questions that need to be addressed concerning the relationships between the environment, structure, and performance of vertically integrated rural health networks.

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