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J Rural Health. 1995 Winter;11(1):9-21.

Measuring and evaluating the performance of vertically integrated rural health networks.

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Institute for Health Services Research, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis 55455, USA.

Abstract

The growing interest in health care networks is extraordinary given the lack of a common understanding of what networks are and what they can accomplish. The purpose of this article is to develop a conceptual approach to the study of vertically integrated rural health networks. This article provides a network typology, a framework for assessing network performance, and examples of measurable performance indicators. It concludes with a description of the salient research questions that need to be addressed concerning the relationships between the environment, structure, and performance of vertically integrated rural health networks.

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10141281
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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