Mark Doescher, MD, MSPH

Email: mark-doescher@ouhsc.edu


Completed Projects - (9)

  • Aging of the Rural Generalist Physician Workforce: Will Some Locations Be More Affected than Others?
    This study will identify rural locations with high proportions of generalist physicians nearing retirement age.
    Research center: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Physicians, Workforce
  • Breast, Cervical, Colorectal, and Prostate Cancer Screening in Rural America: Does Proximity to a Metropolitan Area Matter?
    The study compared cancer screening rates among various levels of rural versus urban Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System respondents and among white respondents versus those from racial/ethnic minority groups.
    Research center: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Cancer, Health disparities and health equity, Health promotion and disease prevention, Minority health
  • Burden of Asthma Among Rural Residents: A National Study
    This study uses data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) to examine the prevalence of and trends in asthma among rural residents by type of geographic location and by key risk factors.
    Research center: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Chronic diseases and conditions, Health disparities and health equity, Minority health, Rural statistics and demographics
  • Current Contribution of Physicians, Advanced Practice Nurses, and Physician Assistants to the Rural Primary Care Workforce
    This two-year, multi-state study is examining the practices of rural physicians, nurse practitioners (NPs), and physician assistants (PAs) regarding their primary care visit productivity and scope of practice. Through surveys, this study will examine the contributions of physicians, NPs, and PAs by state, degree of practice rurality, practice characteristics, and primary care HPSA status in order to provide information on a range of rural primary care workforce needs.
    Research center: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Nurses and nurse practitioners, Physician assistants, Physicians, Workforce
  • Dentist Supply, Access to Dental Care, and Oral Health among Rural and Urban Residents: A National Study
    This study will determine whether shortages of dentists in rural areas of the U.S. are associated with impaired access to dental care and a higher prevalence of dental disease.
    Research center: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Oral health, Workforce
  • General and Specialist Surgeon Supply and Inpatient Procedural Content: A National Rural-Urban Study
    This study will examine the degree to which access to inpatient surgical care in rural areas is affected by the diminishing workforce of general surgeons. Using inpatient surgical procedure data, we will examine the availability and content of general surgical procedures in rural and urban hospitals nationally as a function of surgeon supply.
    Research center: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
    Topic: Workforce
  • Policy Analyses of Rural Issues Related to Health Care Reform
    Health care reform provides an array of opportunities to improve health care access and quality for rural Americans. The WWAMI RHRC will support HRSA's efforts to inform this process by summarizing existing evidence characterizing the rural health care workforce and rural health care delivery and will conduct analyses exploring the potential impact on rural populations of proposed and newly- enacted health care reform legislation.
    Research center: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
    Topic: Health services
  • The Rural/Urban Practice Location Patterns of Women Medical School Graduates
    While women are becoming an increasingly large percentage of the graduates of medical schools, they are much less likely to locate their practices in rural towns. This study involved a survey including questions about where the residents preferred to locate and how much they thought they would be practicing in the future.
    Research center: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Physicians, Women, Workforce
  • Unhealthy Lifestyle Behaviors Among Minority Group Members: A National Rural and Urban Study
    Research center: Rural and Minority Health Research Center
    Topics: Health disparities and health equity, Health promotion and disease prevention, Minority health

Publications - (36)