Rural Health Research Products

The full list of freely-available research products from the Rural Health Research Centers, including policy briefs, reports, chartbooks, interactive data websites, and more.

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Five Most Recent Research Products

  • Quality Measures for Critical Access Hospital Swing Bed Patients
    Policy Brief
    University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
    This study identified measures to be used to assess the quality of care provided to Critical Access Hospital (CAH) swing bed patients with the goal of having these measures endorsed by the National Quality Forum and used by policymakers to help assess the value of CAH swing beds.
  • Risk Factors and Potentially Preventable Deaths in Rural Communities
    Policy Brief
    North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center
    In this study, we use variation in three risk factors – smoking, obesity, and excessive alcohol use – to identify their relative contribution to common causes of mortality.
  • Development of a Childhood Obesogenic Environment Index
    Policy Brief
    Rural and Minority Health Research Center
    The purposes of this study were to describe the development of a childhood obesogenic environment index and examine differences in obesogenic environment index values by rurality and region across the U.S.
  • Effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on Coverage and Access to Care in Metropolitan vs. Nonmetropolitan Areas through 2016
    Policy Brief
    RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as a whole led to notable increases in coverage rate and better access to care in both metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and the Medicaid expansion was the key driver of coverage gains in nonmetropolitan areas.
  • Perceived Facilitators and Barriers to Rural Nursing Practice
    Policy Brief
    Rural and Minority Health Research Center
    A web-based survey was disseminated to a geographically diverse sample of nurses throughout the U.S. to assess perceived barriers and facilitators to nursing practice; job satisfaction; and self-identified challenges in nursing work environments and patient care. Of particular interest were nurses in ambulatory care practices.