Quality Through Collaboration: The Future of Rural Health

Quality Through Collaboration: The Future of Rural Health


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Contributors include Andrew F. Coburn, PhD, and David Hartley, PhD, MHA.

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:

  • Adopting an integrated approach to addressing both personal and population health needs
  • Establishing a stronger health care quality improvement support structure to assist rural health systems and professionals
  • Enhancing the human resource capacity of health care professionals in rural communities and expanding the preparedness of rural residents to actively engage in improving their health and health care
  • Assuring that rural health care systems are financially stable.
  • Investing in an information and communications technology infrastructure



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The National Academies Press


Washington, DC


Rural Health, Rural Health Services, Delivery of Health Care, Integrated Health Care, Health Care Trends, Health Policy, Quality of Health Care


Book can be downloaded for free from link to the publisher's website.

Quality Through Collaboration: The Future of Rural Health

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