Rural Hospital Obstetric Workforce, Procedure Utilization, and Quality of Care

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September 2015
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May 2016

Statement of the problem: Approximately half a million women give birth in rural hospitals each year in the U.S. Workforce issues are an important constraint on obstetric care in rural hospitals, especially for smallā€volume obstetric units. However, limited research explores the relationship between obstetric care workforce and the procedure intensity and quality of childbirth care provided in rural hospitals in the U.S.

Project goals: To examine the relationships between key aspects of the obstetric workforce in rural hospitals and procedure intensity and quality of maternity care in those hospitals.

Methods: We will link survey responses from our 2013 Rural Obstetric Care Workforce survey to HCUP Statewide Inpatient Database (SID) hospital discharge data from the same year (2013) to assess the relationships between obstetric workforce, procedure intensity, and quality of maternity care in rural hospitals in 9 states.


Publications

  • The Maternity Care Nurse Workforce in Rural U.S. Hospitals
    University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 05/2017
    Findings are shared from a study examining the maternity care nursing workforce in rural hospital in the United States.
  • State Variations in the Rural Obstetric Workforce
    Policy Brief
    University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 05/2016
    Many types of staff are necessary to successfully run an obstetrics unit. Rural hospitals face unique staffing challenges. This policy brief describes the obstetric workforce in rural hospitals by state for nine states: Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin.