Care Across the Continuum: Access to Health Care Services in Rural America


Proposes that a continuum of care serve as the framework with which to consider rural healthcare policies, focusing on people and on places where people live rather than on the wants of providers and constituencies. The continuum of care describes the breadth of healthcare services in seven stages, from personal behavior to palliative care. The framework helps establish which healthcare services should be provided locally and which provided at a distance, emphasizing seamless linkages between all stages of the continuum.

RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
Keith Mueller, A. Clinton MacKinney