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Small, isolated, rural hospitals show poorer results on measures of quality of care, patient outcomes

In the first national study to examine care at critical access hospitals (CAHs) in rural areas of the U.S., Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers found that CAHs have fewer clinical capabilities, lower quality of care, and worse patient outcomes compared with other hospitals. The researchers found that patients admitted to a CAH for heart attack, congestive heart failure, or pneumonia were at greater risk of dying within 30 days than those at other hospitals.
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Quality Of Care And Patient Outcomes Poor In Small Rural Hospitals

Health : Medical News Today (3 years ago)

In a study published in the July 6 issue of JAMA, it was revealed that critical access hospitals (CAHs) had poor clinical capabilities, sub-standard processes of care and a higher mortality rate due to conditions such as heart attac... Read Post

Critical Access Hospitals Report Challenges, Yet Forge Ahead with Advanced Health IT Capabilities

Medical / Healthcare IT : Health IT Buzz (5 months ago)

Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), some with a census of fewer than 10 patients, are the smallest of the small rural hospitals. In some regions, such as frontier areas, a CAH may be the only local health care provider serving an area... Read Post

Patients at small, isolated, rural hospitals in US more likely to receive lower quality of care

Academics / General Science : Science Daily (3 years ago)

In the first national study to examine care at critical access hospitals (CAHs) in rural areas of the US, researchers found that CAHs have fewer clinical capabilities, lower quality of care, and worse patient outcomes compared with ... Read Post


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