Role of Rural Hospitals in Community-Centered Systems of Care: Supporting Population Health Improvement for Rural Communities

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September 2005
Project completed:
February 2007
This project will assess the degree to which rural hospitals engage in activities that facilitate community responsiveness and the provision of community-oriented services, and identify environmental and institutional factors that facilitate the successful implementation of the IOM "Quality through Collaboration for Rural America" report recommendations. The project will use a mix of descriptive and multivariate statistics to analyze cross-sectional data on hospital and community characteristics for the years 1996 to 2004 from the American Hospital Association Annual Survey and the Area Resource File.