Navigation Links
Half of U.S. Counties Have No Ob-Gyn: Study
Date:5/8/2012

By Maureen Salamon
HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, May 8 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly half of the counties in the United States lack a single obstetrician-gynecologist, a situation that may worsen as medical school graduates gravitate toward metropolitan areas, a new study indicates.

More than 9.5 million Americans live in areas without obstetrician-gynecologists (ob-gyns); this scarcity is more prevalent in rural pockets of the country, and particularly in the Midwest and South. However, some experts feel the spotty distribution of these specialists -- who assist in the births of 4 million babies each year and tend to the reproductive health of millions of women -- isn't necessarily a problem.

"If there's not an obstetrician in one county, but there's one in the next county, then it may not affect patient care at all," said Dr. Erin Tracy, an ob-gyn at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, who was not involved in the study. "It's a striking statistic . . . but I'm not sure how it affects actual access to care."

The study, authored by University of New Mexico researcher Dr. William Rayburn, is scheduled for presentation Tuesday at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) annual meeting in San Diego.

Rayburn and his colleagues gathered data from the 2010 U.S. County Census File for adult and reproductive-age women and from the ACOG membership roster. They found that about 33,300 ob-gyns were practicing in the United States in 2010, representing 5 percent of a total of 661,400 physicians.

The average number of ob-gyns per 10,000 women dropped significantly from counties with cities in them to those with smaller towns and rural areas. Forty-nine percent of the country's 3,143 U.S. counties lacked a single ob-gyn, the investigators found.

"You're going to get less of every [medical] specialty, the more rural you get. That's going to be true across the board," explained Dr. Jill Rabin, chief of ambulatory care, obstetrics and gynecology, and head of urogynecology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y.

"But generally you can find, within a reasonable driving distance, someone using cutting-edge technology," Rabin added. "I can't tell you that's true in every instance, but there are ob-gyns practicing in significant proportions in small- or mid-size towns."

The study authors wrote that the uneven distribution of ob-gyns may worsen as newly graduated medical residents cluster in metropolitan areas, and they suggested that the government offer incentives to lure physicians to underserved areas.

But Rabin noted that some government programs already exist to pay for medical training for doctors who agree to serve in designated rural areas. Also, some family practitioners in these areas deliver babies, "so they take up the slack for us," she said.

The data and conclusions of research presented at medical meetings should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

More information

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has more information about employment for ob-gyns.

SOURCES: Jill Rabin, M.D., chief, ambulatory care, obstetrics and gynecology, and head, urogynecology, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, N.Y.; Erin E. Tracy, M.D., M.P.H., obstetrician-gynecologist, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston; May 8, 2012, presentation, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists annual meeting, San Diego


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Life expectancy in most US counties falls behind worlds healthiest nations
2. Number of uninsured in California counties grew during recession
3. Using Earplugs Eases ICU Patients Confusion: Study
4. Study: More Pre-Teens Get Vaccines When Middle Schools Require Them
5. Study confirms early elevated HIV infection risk in some Step Study participants
6. Mammograms Beat Thermography for Breast Cancer Detection: Study
7. Mens Breast Cancer Often More Deadly, Study Suggests
8. Obese Drivers Less Likely to Buckle Up: Study
9. Joggers Live Longer, Study Says
10. Study examines necessity of additional imaging in PET/CT oncologic reports
11. New study of NIH funding allocations suggests potential efficiency gains
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Half of U.S. Counties Have No Ob-Gyn: Study
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... May 05, 2016 , ... VisualDx ... devices. VisualDx is the first point of care diagnostic support system to ... The system speeds diagnosis, therapy decisions and patient education for emergency physicians, ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... ... summer is just around the corner. Summer means a lot of different things to people. ... play all day and night. Parents often lament the coming of summer as they will ... means trips to the beach, backyard cookouts, fireworks on the Fourth of July, and even ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... May 05, 2016 , ... Dermatologic surgeons performed nearly 10 ... and up 27 percent since 2012. , The results of the 2015 ASDS Survey ... increase in skin cancer treatments and the growing popularity of soft-tissue fillers and body ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... Washington, DC (PRWEB) , ... ... ... Contact: Claudia Tellez, Executive Director 703.462.0658, ctellez(at)msnva.org , The Medical Society of ... community physicians and their patients , The Medical Society of Northern Virginia ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... , ... Nepenthe Laboratory Services (NLS), a premier drug monitoring and toxicology laboratory, ... item donations for Food for Lane County, and to help support awareness for the ... the assembly was to create an exciting atmosphere for the kids at Riverbend to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/5/2016)... , May 5, 2016 Research ... for PET Imaging in the USA"  report to their ... provides information on the current Positron Emission Tomography (PET) ... USA market. Along with the current known ... USA , the report also contains a ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... Research and Markets has ... Market and Competitive Landscape Highlights - 2016" ... (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160330/349511LOGO ) The ... Landscape Highlights - 2016, provides comprehensive insights ... market valuations and forecast, Thalassaemia products sales ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... Calif. , May 4, 2016  It,s time for an upgrade. There are ... on a brilliant 3.5 inch LCD, the illustrious DVMAXX HD  offers unparalleled connectivity ... as well as a world class manufacturer of innovative technology.  Photo - ... ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: