Patient Assessments and Quality of Care in Rural Hospitals

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September 2007
Project completed:
December 2009

The national focus on health care quality and patient safety has resulted in increased attention to patients' assessments of their experiences receiving health care. Patient-centered care is one of the Institute of Medicine's six aims for the health care system. The results of patient satisfaction surveys can be used in conjunction with other quality measures to evaluate the quality of hospital care and identify areas for quality improvement.

This study will

  1. Analyze the relationships between rural patients' perspectives of hospital quality of care and key hospital characteristics that may influence patients' experiences of hospital care
  2. Assess whether rural patients' perspectives of hospital quality of care are related to quality measures focused on the provision of recommended care for medical conditions

The analytic approach will include multivariate analyses of hospital-level Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems Survey (HCAHPS) data and Hospital Compare process measure data linked with data on hospital and service area characteristics from the American Hospital Association (AHA) Annual Survey data and the Area Resource File (ARF).

The products of this project will include a working paper, a policy brief and an article that will be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal.


Publications

  • Patient Assessments and Quality of Care in Rural Hospitals
    Policy Brief
    Upper Midwest Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 06/2010
    This policy brief analyzes the relationships between rural patients' perspectives of hospital quality of care and key hospital characteristics that may influence patients' experiences of hospital care.
  • Patient Assessments and Quality of Care in Rural Hospitals (Final Report)
    Upper Midwest Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 06/2010
    This report analyzes the relationships between rural patients' perspectives of hospital quality of care and key hospital characteristics that may influence patients' experiences. It assesses whether rural patients' perspectives of quality of care are related to quality measures focused on the provision of recommended care for medical conditions.