Rural Hospital Administrators’ Beliefs About Safety, Financial Viability, and Community Need for Offering Obstetric Care

Publication Date: March 25th, 2022
Publication Type(s): Peer-reviewed Journal Publications
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Author(s): Kozhimannil KB, Interrante JD, Admon LK, and Basile Ibrahim BB

Rural obstetric unit closures are associated with adverse maternal and infant health outcomes and are most common among low–birth volume facilities located in remote areas. Declining access to obstetric care is a concern in rural communities in the US. This study offers results from a national survey of a sample of 292 rural hospitals that provided obstetric services in 2021. Obstetric unit administrators administrators shared about their experiences, the challenges they face, and the decisions that factor into providing labor and birth care for their rural communities.

Published in: Jama Health Forum

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