Publication Date: June 30th, 2005
Publication Type(s): Policy Brief
Topic(s): Hospitals and Clinics, Quality
Author(s): University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center; Stratis Health: Minnesota's Quality Improvement Organization, HealthInsight.
This report discusses a field test of rural hospital quality measures in a sample of rural hospitals in Minnesota, Nevada, and Utah. The use of three diverse states allowed for the ability to examine hospital culture from the more urban rural to the frontier rural environment. These distinctions produced important findings in all aspects of the study—from the initial recruitment through the training and abstraction phase, and in the final study results.