ACOG Committee Opinion No. 586: Health disparities in rural women

Obstet Gynecol. 2014 Feb;123(2 Pt 1):384-388. doi: 10.1097/01.AOG.0000443278.06393.d6.


Rural women experience poorer health outcomes and have less access to health care than urban women. Many rural areas have limited numbers of health care providers, especially women's health providers. Rural America is heterogeneous where problems vary depending on the region and state. Health care professionals should be aware of this issue and advocate for reducing health disparities in rural women.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Gynecology
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Healthcare Disparities* / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Obstetrics
  • Reproductive Health
  • Rural Health / statistics & numerical data
  • Rural Population* / statistics & numerical data
  • Specialization
  • Women's Health* / statistics & numerical data
  • Young Adult