Quality of Obstetrical Care Provided to Rural Versus Urban Residents


Washington State vital statistics data from 1984 through 1988 were used to investigate differences in the process and outcome of obstetrical care based on the rural/urban locations of the mothers’ residences. This study compared rural and urban obstetrical care in terms of mortality, trimester prenatal care began, adequacy of the number of prenatal visits, and birthweight. Separate analyses (1) differentiated between rural mothers who delivered in rural locations and those that delivered in urban locales and (2) partitioned low and non-low risk women.