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J Am Board Fam Med. 2019 May-Jun;32(3):295-296. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2019.03.180338.

Family Physicians' Contributions to Rural Emergency Care and Urban Urgent Care.

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1
From the American Board of Family Medicine, Lexington, KY (LEP, JCP, WPN); Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Kentucky, Lexington (LEP, JCP); University of Kentucky, Lexington (UN); Robert Graham Center, Washington, DC (SP). lpeterson@theabfm.org.
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From the American Board of Family Medicine, Lexington, KY (LEP, JCP, WPN); Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Kentucky, Lexington (LEP, JCP); University of Kentucky, Lexington (UN); Robert Graham Center, Washington, DC (SP).

Abstract

Using 2017 data, we demonstrate a sharp increase in the proportion of family physicians (FPs) working primarily in rural emergency departments and increasing numbers of FPs working in urgent care centers. Despite growth in emergency medicine-trained physicians, FPs are likely to continue to be the backbone of emergency care in rural America.

KEYWORDS:

Family Physicians; Rural Health

PMID:
31068393
DOI:
10.3122/jabfm.2019.03.180338
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Conflict of interest statement

Conflict of interest: LEP, JCP, and WPN are employees of the American Board of Family Medicine.

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