Laura-Mae Baldwin, MD, MPH

WWAMI Rural Health Research Center

Phone: 206.685.4799

WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
University of Washington
Department of Family Medicine
Box 354696
Seattle, WA 98195-4696

Completed Projects - (9)

Publications - (22)









  • Explaining Black-White Differences in Receipt of Recommended Colon Cancer Treatment
    Journal Article
    WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 2005

    Black-white disparities exist in receipt of recommended medical care, including colorectal cancer treatment. This retrospective cohort study examines the degree to which health systems (e.g., physician, hospital) factors explain black-white disparities in colon cancer care. Black and white Medicare-insured colon cancer patients have an equal opportunity to learn about adjuvant chemotherapy from a medical oncologist but do not receive chemotherapy equally. Little disparity was explained by health systems; more was explained by illness severity, social support, and environment. Further qualitative research is needed to understand the factors that influence the lower receipt of chemotherapy by black patients.





  • Emergency Department Use by the Rural Elderly
    Journal Article
    WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 2000
    This study uses Medicare data to compare emergency department (ED) use by rural and urban elderly beneficiaries. Given the similarity of diagnostic conditions associated with ED visits, rural EDs must be capable of dealing with the same range of emergency conditions as urban EDs.


  • Rural and Urban Physicians: Does the Content of Their Medicare Practices Differ?
    Journal Article
    WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 1999
    Rural and urban areas have significant differences in the availability of medical technology, medical practice structures and patient populations. This study uses 1994 Medicare claims data to examine whether these differences are associated with variation in the content of practice between physicians practicing in rural and urban areas.