Pediatric Inpatient Care in Rural Hospitals


This study described the distribution of rural practitioners in Washington State who provide inpatient care to pediatric patients, elucidated the major diagnostic categories for which children are hospitalized in rural versus urban areas, contrasted the roles of pediatricians and family physicians providing pediatric care, and assessed the effectiveness of the system. The major source of data for this study was CHARS, which was linked to information on the training and discipline of the providers who cared for each of the patients in the study. Funded by HRSA’s ORHP.