Quality Through Collaboration: The Future of Rural Health
Committee on The Future of Rural Health Care
Hardcover: 275 pages
National Academies Press
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Building on the innovative Institute of Medicine reports, To Err Is Human and Crossing the Quality Chasm, this book offers a strategy to address the quality challenges in rural communities.
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
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.
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. This book offers hope and direction.
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