Rural Surgical Quality: Policy and Practice

Surg Clin North Am. 2020 Oct;100(5):901-908. doi: 10.1016/j.suc.2020.07.001.


Several national studies have demonstrated that rural hospitals successfully deliver high-quality care. Data at the national, regional, institutional, and individual practitioner levels all contribute to understanding of surgical outcomes in the rural setting. Quality metrics should be interpreted within the context of the rural community and outcomes analyzed with relevant risk adjustment for patient factors.

Keywords: Cancer outcomes; Patient selection; Quality collaborative; Quality improvement; Quality measures; Risk-adjustment; Rural surgery.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Health Policy
  • Humans
  • Quality of Health Care*
  • Rural Health Services / standards*
  • Surgical Procedures, Operative / standards*
  • United States