An Emergency Medicine-Primary Care Partnership to Improve Rural Population Health
Expanding the Role of Emergency Medicine
Published in: Annals of Emergency Medicine [Epub August 2017]. doi: /10.1016/j.annemergmed.2017.06.025
Posted on RAND.org on September 26, 2017
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.