Surgical Outcomes of Rural and Urban Hospitals


Washington State hospital abstracts for 1987 and 1988 with pseudo-personal identifiers added were used in an analysis of readmission rates for four selected conditions by patient residential and hospital location. During the two-year period examined, there were no significant differences in readmission rates for surgeries performed in rural and urban hospitals. No evidence of low-quality care in Washington State rural hospitals was found when investigating readmission rates following common surgeries.