Family physicians help meet the emergency care needs of rural America

Am Fam Physician. 2006 Apr 1;73(7):1163.


Ensuring access to emergency care in rural areas remains a challenge. High costs and low patient volumes make 100 percent staffing of rural emergency departments (EDs) by emergency medicine residency-trained physicians (EPs) unlikely. As rurality increases, so does the dependence on family physicians to provide quality emergent care.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Emergency Medical Services / organization & administration*
  • Health Services Needs and Demand / standards*
  • Humans
  • Physicians, Family / standards*
  • Rural Population*
  • United States