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Ann Emerg Med. 2017 Nov;70(5):640-647. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2017.06.025. Epub 2017 Aug 9.

An Emergency Medicine-Primary Care Partnership to Improve Rural Population Health: Expanding the Role of Emergency Medicine.

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1
Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; National Clinician Scholars Program, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs, Ann Arbor, MI. Electronic address: greenwom@med.umich.edu.
2
Division of General Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
3
Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA.

Abstract

The health of rural America is failing and our traditional approaches have proved ineffective at improving health in rural communities. Rural populations are now a health disparity population, facing higher mortality rates for the 5 leading causes of death compared with their urban counterparts. We must generate novel, rural-specific approaches to solve this challenge-and there is a clear role for the field of emergency medicine. Building on emergency departments' (EDs') expanding role in health care delivery and emergency medicine's increasing involvement in population health, we propose a new health care delivery model for rural population health based on partnership between emergency medicine and primary care that embraces the important role that EDs play in rural areas.

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