Stephanie Loux, MS


Publications - (16)

  • Are Advanced Practice Nurses A Solution To Rural Mental Health Workforce Shortages?
    Maine Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 04/2004
    This paper summarizes the clinical skills and prescriptive authority of advanced practice psychiatric nurses and investigates current trends in their geographic distribution to determine what their future role may be in addressing rural mental health needs.
  • Comparing Patient Safety in Rural Hospitals by Bed Count
    Maine Rural Health Research Center, Upper Midwest Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 2005
    This report shares the results of a study to determine how patient safety rates, offered services, and patient mix vary by bed count among rural hospitals.
  • Creating Program Logic Models: A Toolkit for State Flex Programs
    Maine Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 04/2006
    This is a tool for planning, managing, reporting on, and assessing Flex Program goals, activities, and accomplishments; assistance in identifying/defining measurable outcomes; information linking state-level Flex Program strategies to measurable outcomes; and a consistent program-reporting framework to share results internally and externally.
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Activities Funded by the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program
    Maine Rural Health Research Center, North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center
    Date: 02/2006
    This paper describes the emergency medical services-related activities that the 45 states receiving funding from the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Program proposed to conduct in fiscal year 2004-05.
  • Encouraging Rural Health Clinics to Provide Mental Health Services
    Maine Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 05/2010
    This study examined changes in the delivery of mental health services by rural health clinics (RHCs), their operational characteristics, barriers to the development of services, and policy options to encourage more RHCs to deliver mental health services.
  • Mental Health Encounters in Critical Access Hospital Emergency Rooms: A National Survey
    Maine Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 09/2005
    This survey investigates the extent and types of cases that present with mental health problems in critical access hospital emergency rooms (ERs), as well as the resources available to ER staff for addressing such problems and what actually happens to these patients.
  • Prioritizing Patient Safety Interventions in Small Rural Hospitals
    Maine Rural Health Research Center, Upper Midwest Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 12/2006
    Determines if 26 patient safety practices recommended by an expert panel as relevant to rural hospitals would be validated in terms of rural relevance and implementability by administrators and quality managers. This research was supported by funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Office of Rural Health Policy.
  • The Provision of Mental Health Services by Rural Health Clinics
    Maine Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 05/2010
    This study examined changes in the delivery of mental health services by rural health clinics (RHCs), their operational characteristics, barriers to the development of services, and policy options to encourage more RHCs to deliver mental health services.
  • A Review of State Flex Program Plans, 2004-2005
    Maine Rural Health Research Center, University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 03/2006
    This paper examines the objectives and project activities proposed by states in their Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Flex Program) grant applications for Fiscal Year 2004 to strengthen the rural healthcare infrastructure in their states. It highlights recent trends in state Flex Program planning, development, and implementation.
  • Rural Hospitals and Long-Term Care: the Challenges of Diversification and Integration Strategies
    Maine Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 2006
    There are many contemporary challenges experienced by older rural residents and their communities in accessing and providing services. However, the issue is not in comparing rural older adults to their urban counterparts; rather, it is that rural people have unique characteristics that must be considered when planning and providing services.
  • Rural Inpatient Psychiatric Units Improve Access to Community-Based Mental Health Services, but Medicare Payment Policy a Barrier
    Maine Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 08/2007
    This study investigates the characteristics/admission processes of inpatient psychiatric units (IPUs) in rural hospitals with less than 50 beds and the community-based services available to them when discharging patients. Reasons for developing IPUs, barriers to opening and operating a rural IPU, and factors leading some to close are also explored.
  • Rural-Urban Differences in Work Patterns Among Adults With Depressive Symptoms
    Maine Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 03/2008
    This study addresses poor mental health among young to middle-career rural residents and how their employment may be affected. Using the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, the authors investigate how depressive symptoms affect employment patterns and the extent to which such effects differ by rural and urban residence.
  • Scope of Services Offered by Critical Access Hospitals: Results of the 2004 National CAH Survey
    Maine Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 03/2005
    Three years of data were used to examine services offered by critical access hospitals (CAHs). The authors investigated how the services offered by CAHs have changed, the role of network affiliations in the changes, and the reasons administrators gave for reported service expansions. They also looked at how services in CAHs have changed over time.
  • Smallest Rural Hospitals Treat Mental Health Emergencies
    Maine Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 2006
    This research and policy brief discusses the extent to which rural emergency rooms encounter and treat mental health patients.
  • State Licensure Laws and the Mental Health Professions: Implications for the Rural Mental Health Workforce
    Maine Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 05/2002
    This paper investigates whether and the extent to which licensure laws that determine the permissible scope of practice for each of these professions may affect the availability of mental health services, particularly in rural communities.
  • Use of Critical Access Hospital Emergency Rooms by Patients With Mental Health Symptoms
    Maine Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 2007
    Describes the results of a study investigating the use of critical access hospital (CAH) emergency rooms by patients with mental health problems to understand the role these facilities play in rural mental health needs and the challenges they face.