Building on the innovative Institute of Medicine reports To Err Is Human and Crossing the Quality Chasm, Quality Through Collaboration: The Future of Rural Health offers a strategy to address the quality challenges in rural communities.
Rural America is a vital, diverse component of the American community, representing nearly 20% of the population of the United States. Rural communities are heterogeneous and differ in population density, remoteness from urban areas, and the cultural norms of the regions of which they are a part. As a result, rural communities range in their demographics and environmental, economic, and social characteristics. These differences influence the magnitude and types of health problems these communities face.
Quality Through Collaboration: The Future of Rural Health assesses the quality of health care in rural areas and provides a framework for core set of services and essential infrastructure to deliver those services to rural communities. The book recommends:
It is critical that existing and new resources be deployed strategically, recognizing the need to improve both the quality of individual-level care and the health of rural communities and populations.
Institute of Medicine. 2005. Quality Through Collaboration: The Future of Rural Health. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/11140.
|2 An Integrated Approach to Improving Health and Health Care in Rural Communities||30-59|
|3 Quality Improvement Activities in Rural Areas||60-77|
|4 Human Resources||78-118|
|6 Rural Health Care in the Digital Age||147-190|
|Appendix A Biographies of Committee Members||191-199|
|Appendix B Characteristics of Rural Populations||200-219|
|Appendix C The Rural Health Care Delivery System||220-248|
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