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Small, Rural Hospitals Provide a Lower Quality of Care: Study
Date:7/5/2011

s in the July 6 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

"Despite more than a decade of concerted policy efforts to improve rural health care, our findings suggest that substantial challenges remain. Although CAHs provide much-needed access to care for many of the nation's rural citizens, we found that these hospitals, with their fewer clinical and technological resources, less often provided care consistent with standard quality metrics and generally had worse outcomes than non-CAHs," the authors concluded.

Researchers said the findings should serve as to focus attention on improve quality of care at rural hospitals, "so that all individuals in the United States have access to high-quality inpatient care regardless of where they live."

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-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Journal of the American Medical Association, news release, July 5, 2011


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