Southwest Rural Health Research Center

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For a complete list of publications from the Center, which may include older publications and publications funded by other sources, please see the Center's website.

2006

2005

  • The State of Rural Hospital Nursing and Allied Health Professional Shortages
    Southwest Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 12/2005
    This study estimated shortages of nurses and allied health personnel among rural hospitals in order to gauge the difficulty experienced by rural hospitals in recruiting such personnel. Additionally, the study examined strategies these hospitals employ in recruitment and retention of nurses, and addressed strategies that might effectively address such shortages. Report available on request by contacting the Center.
  • Community Health Worker (CHW) Certification and Training: A National Survey of Regionally and State-Based Programs
    Southwest Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 05/2005
    Reports the results of a qualitative study of states provides a national overview of state policy and state involvement in the standardized training and certification of Community Health Workers.
  • Assisted Living In Rural America: Results from a National Survey
    Southwest Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 03/2005
    Examines the assisted living industry in metropolitan and rural areas. Results indicate that assisted living was largely a private-pay form of long-term care and was more common in metropolitan than rural areas. Findings suggest that assisted living will make only a marginal contribution to meeting the needs in rural areas.
  • A National Study Comparing Resident Medication Use in Rural and Non-Rural Assisted Living Facilities
    Southwest Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 02/2005
    In addition to comparing rural and non-rural assisted living residents' medication utilization, this study examined the prevalence of inappropriately prescribed medications (IPMs) and drug-to-drug interactions (DDIs) among residents of rural and non-rural assisted living facilities (ALFs). Residents of rural ALFs tended to be somewhat more impaired in physical functioning and cognitive status, and on average, took slightly more medications than their non-rural counterparts. Residents in rural ALFs appeared somewhat more likely to have an IPM and a DDI, a finding that, although not statistically significant, is consistent with their higher likelihood of taking more medications and their slightly lower likelihood of being in a facility with a RN on staff. Report available on request by contacting the Center.

2004

  • Community Health Workers: Status of Certification and Training
    Southwest Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 11/2004
    Provides a national overview of state policy and state involvement in the standardized training and certification of Community Health Workers. Report available by contacting the Center.
  • Mujer y Corazon: Community Health Workers and their Organizations in Colonias on the U.S.-Mexico Border
    Southwest Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 10/2004
    Reports the results of a study that analyzed the Community Health Worker (CHW) organizations and practices to learn how they work and why they are key resources in colonias for improving the health of the communities. The study also examined the relationships of the CHW with and their impact on the communities they serve, finding variation programmatically, structurally, and geographically. Report available by contacting the Center.
  • Mujer Y Corazon: Community Health Workers and Their Organizations in Colonias on the US-Mexico Border: An Exploratory Study
    Southwest Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 08/2004
    Reports the results of a study that analyzed the Community Health Worker (CHW) organizations and practices to learn how they work and why they are key resources in colonias for improving the health of the communities. The study also examined the relationships of the CHW with and their impact on the communities they serve, finding variation programmatically, structurally, and geographically. Report available by contacting the Center.
  • Nursing Homes In Rural And Urban Areas, 2001
    Southwest Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 06/2004
    Chart book providing descriptive data on the entire population of longer-stay nursing home residents in the country in calendar year 2001 and categorizing them according to the rurality of the nursing home in which they receive care in an effort to address questions related to residents' characteristics and quality of care.
  • Assisted Living: Is It An Option For Rural Areas?
    Southwest Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 05/2004
    Highlights the key findings of the national survey of assisted living regarding supply, services, and affordability of assisted living facilities in rural areas. Report available by contacting the Center.
  • Chronic Disease Management In Rural Areas
    Southwest Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 05/2004
    Describes a study of six chronic disease management programs throughout the United States. Discusses issues related to chronic disease management in rural areas.
  • Expanding Residential Care And Assisted Living In Rural America
    Southwest Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 05/2004
    There is an undersupply of assisted living facilities (ALFs) in rural areas. This policy brief provides options for state policymakers and advocates to consider in expanding the availability and nature of assisted living and other types of housing with supportive services in rural areas.
  • Rural Healthy People 2010: A Companion Document to Healthy People 2010. Volume 3
    Southwest Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 04/2004
    Includes the overview of research and accompanying models for practice on 5 new focus areas in Rural Healthy People 2010, along with the more detailed literature reviews for each. The focus areas are: Access to Quality Health Services in Rural Areas/Access to Long-term Care; Educational and Community-based Programs in Rural Areas; Immunizations and Infectious Diseases in Rural Areas; Injury and Violence Prevention in Rural Areas; and Rural Public Health Infrastructure.
  • Chronic Disease Management in Rural Areas: A Research Update
    Southwest Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 2004
    Discusses rural implementation of chronic disease management. Includes a list of benefits and barriers related to disease management. Report available by contacting the Center.

2003

  • Chronic Disease Management In Rural And Underserved Areas: Patient Responses And Outcomes
    Southwest Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 11/2003
    Findings from site visits and interviews with six chronic disease management (DM) programs across the United States indicated DM programs were extremely important in the areas of patient health care, quality of care, and resulted in positive clinical and financial outcomes. Respondents indicated that the most important DM program was diabetes, followed closely by DM programs for congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, and depression. DM programs resulted in 30% reduction in hospital inpatient stays and 17 % savings in health plan per member per month expenditures. A policy brief is also available. Report available on request.
  • Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening: Is it Reaching Rural and Rural Minority Women?
    Southwest Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 04/2003
    Examines whether the Texas Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP) is reaching rural women in general and rural minority women in particular. Findings indicate that Hispanic women, both in rural and non-rural, are over-represented among BCCCP clients as compared to race/ethnicity specific cancer incidence and mortality. In contrast, within race/ethnicity groups, Anglo women represent a higher proportion of the rural women being reached by the program. Findings also indicate that a severe shortage of local providers to contract with the program in rural Texas has been and will continue to be a major limitation. In addition, contracting requirements can be a burden and an obstacle to potential providers. Concludes that there is a need in Texas to target specific rural areas based on the incidence and mortality experience of the population. To accomplish this, the contracting process needs to be made more flexible to enable small providers, reimbursement rates may need to be raised, and administrative burdens may need to be lessened. Report available by contacting the Center.
  • Nursing Homes in Rural and Urban Areas, 2000
    Southwest Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 02/2003
    There are higher percentages of elderly population in and the utilization rates of nursing homes are higher in rural areas. Overall, problems in rural nursing homes are at a much higher risk for poor outcomes, but it is most apparent in extremely isolated rural areas.
  • Nursing Homes in Rural America
    Southwest Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 2003
    Policy brief that discusses the main findings of a 2000 survey of 17,000 nursing homes related to rural elderly. Report available by contacting the Center.
  • Rural Healthy People 2010: A Companion Document to Healthy People 2010. Volume 1
    Southwest Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 2003
    Brief overviews of the top rural health concerns and objectives associated with Healthy People 2010 focus areas, including, Access to Quality Health Services (Insurance, Primary Care, and EMS); Cancer; Diabetes; Heart Disease and Stroke; Maternal, Infant, and Child Health; Mental Health and Mental Disorders; Nutrition and Overweight Concerns; Oral Health; Substance Abuse; and Tobacco Use. Also included are references to key literature about these concerns, and descriptions of models for practice that rural communities can draw upon to achieve key Healthy People 2010 objectives.
  • Rural Healthy People 2010: A Companion Document to Healthy People 2010. Volume 2
    Southwest Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 2003
    Detailed literature reviews and associated references for the top rural health concerns addressed in Vol. 1 of Rural Healthy People 2010.