Care: Rural Settings "Continuum of Essay

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As well as expanding patient's abilities to obtain primary care, virtually, telemedicine can enable patients in isolated locations to see specialists. When rural patients are connected to a hospital network such as the Grinnell Regional Medical Center, they are able to access high-quality physicians through some of the more advanced healthcare technology available, although this is not always possible in a local healthcare system with fewer physicians and less access to high-level technology. Technology can still enable patients in a variety of settings to keep track of vital signs such as heart rate, blood pressure, and blood sugar, and to alert their physician immediately if their readings are abnormal.

While some surgeons have even performed procedures through virtual consults, certain aspects of medicine remain challenging to provide rural patients, such as physical rehabilitative services, which may require the patient to travel to receive the full benefit of the services. Patients who demand long-term rehabilitation and palliative care at hospices may have to travel far away from their families to be treated in rural settings.

Focusing on making care available and creating a culture where going to a physician is a normal part of everyday life must be the goal of a rural healthcare administrator. For many patients, going to a doctor seems impossible because of the time it will take away from work -- particularly work on a farm, which is very difficult (if not impossible) to leave for a day. Patients may have grown up in families where going to doctors is uncommon, and have little personal exposure to other ways of life. Providing patients with such exposure is essential if rural healthcare is to improve in the 21st century. Individuals in rural settings should enjoy the full continuum of care available to them in modern society.

References

Campbell, James D. (2001, May). Introducing telemedicine technology to rural physicians and settings. Journal of Family Practice. Retrieved January 27, 2011 at http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0689/is_5_50/ai_75244766/

Spath, Patrice. (2011). Community Continuum of Care planning.

Brown-Spath & Associates. Retrieved January 27, 2011 at http://www.brownspath.com/original_articles/cccplan.htm

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References

Campbell, James D. (2001, May). Introducing telemedicine technology to rural physicians and settings. Journal of Family Practice. Retrieved January 27, 2011 at http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0689/is_5_50/ai_75244766/

Spath, Patrice. (2011). Community Continuum of Care planning.

Brown-Spath & Associates. Retrieved January 27, 2011 at http://www.brownspath.com/original_articles/cccplan.htm

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