South Carolina Rural Health Research Center Documents

The South Carolina Rural Health Research Center publishes reports and fact sheets on persistent inequities in health status within the population of the rural US, with an emphasis on inequities stemming from socioeconomic status, race and ethnicity, and access to healthcare services.

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    Vulnerable Rural Counties: The Changing Rural Landscape, 2000–2010
    (South Carolina State Library, 2016-07) South Carolina Rural Health Research Center; Bennett, Kevin J.
    Understanding the demography of rural America is vital to understanding what programs, interventions and policy initiatives are needed to improve health care access, delivery and outcomes. Overall findings suggest that rural America experienced the recession that ended the 2000–2010 decade more severely than did urban America. Loss of income, declining population and reduced health care resources marked the period for most rural counties. Rural counties will need continued monitoring in the present decade to ascertain whether these adverse trends continue and to identify any policy approaches that can serve to ameliorate losses in health care services.
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    Key Facts in Rural Health : Vulnerable Rural Counties : The Changing Rural Landscape, 2000-2010
    (South Carolina State Library, 2016-07) South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
    In 2008, the U.S. experienced its worst recession since the Great Depression, particularly affecting rural America. The South Carolina Rural Health Research Center used county-level data to examine rural demographic changes over the last decade. Most counties experienced increased levels of poverty between 2000-2010. Rural counties were disproportionately affected. Rural counties experienced a growth in the 65 and older population while losing children. Rural counties gained in racial/ethnic diversity.
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    Colonoscopy Access and Utilization – Rural Disparities in the Carolinas, 2001- 2010
    (South Carolina State Library, 2016-07) Eberth, Jan M.; South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
    The objective of this study was to identify disparities in colonoscopy utilization and access to care across urban-rural populations in the Carolinas. NC and SC are in the top 10% of states for the proportion of residents living in rural areas, making these states an ideal location to examine the effects of access to care. This report illustrates key findings from a study using ambulatory surgery discharge data from NC and SC from 2001-2010. Described is the geographic distribution of colonoscopy providers in the Carolinas, estimated colonoscopy utilization in urban and rural populations, and how patients seek their care based on the availability of providers in their county.