Patterns of Inpatient Care-Seeking by Rural Residents

Lead researcher:
Project funded:
September 2018
Anticipated completion date:
April 2020

The degree to which a community uses a hospital other than its local rural hospital – the bypass rate – is negatively correlated with the financial sustainability of the hospital. In an era of increasing financial pressure, an understanding of inpatient care-seeking behavior by rural residents can provide insight into drivers of bypass rates.