Rural Women Giving Birth in Non-Local Hospitals: Implications for Obstetric Access and Quality

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September 2014
Project completed:
August 2015
The purpose of this project is to: 1) analyze recent data from nine geographically diverse states on delivery by rural women at non-local hospitals; 2) characterize the roles of medical vs. non-medical factors in delivery at a non-local hospital by identifying lower-risk and higher-risk women using established criteria; and 3) analyze the relationship between delivery at a non-local hospital and obstetric quality.