Measuring Rural Hospital Quality


This paper seeks to identify rural hospital quality measures that reflect quality in all hospitals and that are sensitive to the rural hospital context. A conceptual model is developed for measuring rural hospital quality. Hospital quality measures from national and rural organizations are reviewed for their fit to rural hospitals, with a recommendation for an initial core set of quality measures relevant for rural hospitals with less than 50 beds. Finally, avenues for future quality measure development are suggested.

University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
Ira Moscovice, Douglas Wholey, Jill Klingner, Astrid Knott