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:3/27/2017)... ... March 27, 2017 , ... ... sideline athletes. A type of groin injury, it occurs when the muscles around ... intense pain in and around the lower torso, as well as accompanying tenderness ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... ... 2017 , ... EpiGentek , a Farmingdale, NY-based biotech ... methylation “gold rush” with their established portfolio of optimized assay kits that measure ... m6A , RNA methylation has received a new burst in interest as ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... ... March 27, 2017 , ... Janet Schloz is still in shock after receiving a $2,500 Academic ... in a long time,” she said. , She thinks the coming week is going to ... thought I would have to help my students.” , The award will allow the 4th ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... ... March 27, 2017 , ... ... sodium testing methods are complicated and require expert user knowledge. In a live ... method dedicated to the simplified, yet highly accurate, determination of sodium. , It ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... Orange, Texas (PRWEB) , ... March 27, 2017 ... ... celebration at the GTEC Orange facility from 8:00am-10:00am on Monday, April 3rd to ... giveaways and will be an opportunity for area-residents to celebrate two great years ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/27/2017)... 27, 2017 On Friday, benchmark ... Composite closed the trading session up 0.19%; the Dow ... 500 was down 0.08%. US markets made broad based ... day in green. Pre-market today, Stock-Callers.com reviews these four ... (NASDAQ: WMGI), Amedica Corporation (NASDAQ: AMDA), MiMedx Group Inc. ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... BOSTON , March 27, 2017  Allergan ... and Paratek Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: PRTK), a biopharmaceutical ... innovative therapies based upon tetracycline chemistry, announced that ... the treatment of moderate to severe acne met ... a once-daily, oral, narrow spectrum tetracycline-derived antibiotic with ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... , March 27, 2017  Impax Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... Paul M. Bisaro as Impax,s President and ... Board, effective March 27, 2017. Mr. Bisaro will succeed ... Interim President and Chief Executive Officer since December of ... and branded pharmaceutical experience, Mr. Bisaro, 56, is an ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: