Research Publications

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Five Most Recent Publications

  • The Declining Scope of Practice of Family Physicians Is Limited to Urban Areas
    Rural and Underserved Health Research Center
    Date: 11/2020
    The scope of practice for family medicine physicians has decreased in recent years. Using survey data, researchers compared family medicine physicians' scope of practice scores based on rural-urban status and other variables. Researchers found statistically significant decreases in scope of practice scores in urban settings.
  • Local Capacity for Emergency Births in Rural Hospitals Without Obstetrics Services
    University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 11/2020
    As increasing numbers of rural hospitals stop offering maternity care, limited information is available about local preparedness to address obstetric emergencies. This paper explores the capacity to treat obstetric emergencies encountered among rural hospitals without obstetric units.
  • Emergency Obstetric Training Needed in Rural Hospitals without Obstetric Units
    Policy Brief
    University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 11/2020
    This policy brief discusses the types of training identified by respondents and how those trainings may or may not meet the needs of those managing emergency obstetric situations in rural communities.
  • Acuity Differences Among Newly Admitted Older Residents in Rural and Urban Nursing Homes
    Maine Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 11/2020
    This study found newly admitted residents of rural nursing homes were more likely to have cognitive issues/problem behaviors than those in urban facilities. Yet rural facilities admitted less complex older (age 75+) residents than urban, raising questions about the rural long-term services and supports system and capacity of rural nursing homes.
  • Substance Use Among Rural and Urban Youth and Young Adults
    Policy Brief
    Maine Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 11/2020
    This study uses national data to examine rural-urban differences in the rates of substance use among youth and young adults. Findings can help inform rural-specific prevention strategies and research targeting rural communities.