The diffusion of obstetric technology into rural U.S. hospitals.
We determined the distribution and sophistication of obstetric technologies in all 80 maternity hospitals in the state of Washington and examined the effect of rural or urban location, birth volume, and physician staffing on technological intensity.
Although smaller and more rural hospitals refer most premature and low-birth-weight infants to regional referral centers, sophisticated prenatal and intra-partum technologies are available in the majority of even the smallest and most remote rural units.
Rural hospitals have slightly lower obstetrical intervention rates than do their urban counterparts, but the differences are not great.
Mots-clés Pascal : Obstétrique, Technique, Diffusion, Distribution, Hôpital, Milieu rural, Washington, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Obstetrics, Technique, Diffusion, Distribution, Hospital, Rural environment, Washington, United States, North America, America
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 94-0591826
Code Inist : 002B20G02. Création : 09/06/1995.