Who Are the Generalists in Rural and Urban Areas?


This two-year project used Medicare data provided by HCFA to describe the content of practice of physicians in rural and urban areas of Washington State. The population studied included board-certified physicians in the 12 largest ambulatory medical specialties in Washington State who were in active medical practice in 1994 and who provided ambulatory care to at least ten Medicare patients per year during that period. The diagnostic and procedural breadth of rural and urban physicians in all specialties was found to be similar, with the exception of rural general surgeons and obstetrician-gynecologists, who were more likely to care for patients outside their specialty area. Funded by HRSA’s ORHP.