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Publications

The Center for Rural Health produces publications of several types, including maps and presentations.

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2016

Oral Healthcare Service in North Dakota Community Healthcare Centers
Examines dental health professional shortage areas in North Dakota, and provides recommendations for increasing access to care through community health centers.
Author(s): Lee, J., Schroeder, S.
Date: July 2016
Type: Policy Brief

2015

Perspectives of Rural Hospice Directors
Examines hospice care within a rural context, including issues regarding regulations, finance/reimbursement, workforce, general rural issues, relationships with other organizations, and technology. Identifies concerns of hospice directors in rural settings.
Project: Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center
Author(s): Gibbens, B., Schroeder, S., Knudson, A. and Hart, G.
Date: March 2015
Type: Policy Brief
Policy Brief: Use and Performance Variations in U.S. Rural Emergency Departments: Implications for Improving Care Quality and Reducing Costs
Rural areas have a higher prevalence of subpopulations (younger, low income, and uninsured) that use the Emergency Department (ED) for non-emergent purposes than urban areas. ZIP Code areas with fewer than five primary care physicians per 10,000 had populations that were more likely to use those EDs for non-emergent conditions.
Project: Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center
Author(s): Jonk, Y., Klug, M., & Hart, G.
Date: February 2015
Type: Policy Brief

2014

Policy Brief: Rural-Urban Disparities in Heart Disease
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, claiming about 600,000 lives annually. This policy brief highlights rural-urban disparities in heart disease and focuses on three measures: 1) death rates for ischemic heart disease (IHD) among persons 20 years of age and older, 2) obesity among persons 18 years of age and older, and 3) physical inactivity during leisure time among persons 18 years of age and older.
Project: Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center
Author(s): Knudson, A., Meit, M., & Popat, S.
Date: October 2014
Type: Policy Brief

2012

Effect of Outpatient Visits and Discharge Destination on Potentially Preventable Readmissions for Congestive Heart Failure and Bacterial Pneumonia
Emphasizes the importance of receiving timely post-discharge outpatient care and appropriate discharge destination for reducing preventable hospital readmissions, especially but not exclusively among rural-based patients. Full report.
Author(s): Klug, M., & Muus, K.
Date: March 2012
Type: Policy Brief

2011

Dementia Care Services Project: Continued Progress in Providing Assistance to Caregivers
Provides information regarding the continued progress in providing assistance to caregivers of participates in the dementia care services project.
Author(s): Volkov, B., Muus, K., & Klug MG.
Date: September 2011
Type: Policy Brief

2010

Dementia Care Services Project: Supporting Caregivers in North Dakota
Author(s): Muus, K., Volkov, B., Klug, M., Mueller, J., & Haley-Franklin, H.
Date: December 2010
Type: Policy Brief
Geographic Differences in Potentially Preventable Readmission Rates in Rural and Urban Hospitals
Presents a study that estimated Potentially Preventable Hospital Readmissions (PPRs) in three types of acute care hospitals: urban prospective payment system (PPS) hospitals, rural PPS hospitals, and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs).
Author(s): Klug, M., Knudson, A., & Muus, K.
Date: November 2010
Type: Policy Brief

2009

Potentially Preventable Readmissions in Rural Hospitals
Examines potentially preventable readmission rates for rural and urban hospitals, and discusses the rural implications of policy initiatives to reduce readmission rates.
Author(s): Klug, M., Muus, K., Casey, M., Moscovice, I.
Date: August 2009
Type: Policy Brief

2007

Health Insurance Coverage and Access to Healthcare for American Indian and Alaska Native Elders
Reports findings from a study assessing health insurance coverage and access to healthcare among American Indian and Alaska Native elders (Native elders), using data from a national survey that included more than 8,300 Native elders.
Author(s): Knudson, A.
Date: October 2007
Type: Policy Brief