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Do rural hospitals lag behind urban hospitals in addressing community health needs? An analysis of recent trends in US community hospitals



Do rural hospitals lag behind urban hospitals in addressing community health needs? An analysis of recent trends in US community hospitals



Australian Journal of Rural Health 17(4): 183-188



This study examined whether rural and urban hospitals differ in their level of responsiveness to community health needs. This study used a multivariate, longitudinal research design. A cross-sectional survey was the setting for this study. The participants were rural or urban hospitals in the United States. The dependent variables were selected from the American Hospital Association hospital survey questions that are related to community health needs. The independent variable was rural or urban location. Rural hospitals improved more than urban hospitals in addressing community health needs from 1997 through 2006 for most of the indicators, especially in working with other providers to conduct a community health assessment. However, rural hospitals still lag significantly behind urban hospitals in tracking health information. This study suggests that rural hospitals do not lag behind urban hospitals in addressing community health needs. Further research is needed to understand the role of community hospitals in influencing local health delivery system activities regarding the potential community benefits and their impact on improving health of local populations.

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PMID: 19664082

DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1584.2009.01069.x


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