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The effective dissemination of data and the knowledge gained from it is at the core of the scientific mission. The tasks required to prepare and deliver data both for research and to inform policy have been central to NORC’s identity throughout its history. Our staff have developed cutting edge methodologies to assess and ameliorate the risk of disclosing the identities of survey participants, which is the first step in any release of data for use by the public. We have also been actively engaged in new methods of delivering data through web technologies and applications. Data are now used by many new constituencies for whom traditional methods of delivering data are not useful. We work with our clients to develop the most effective way of communicating and delivering the data we collect to these new audiences.
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Involvement of State Offices of Rural Health in Emergency Preparedness Activities.
In 2002, the federal Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) released its report on emergency preparedness in rural communities as perceived by directors of state offices of rural health. More
National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP).
The National Social Life, Health and Aging Project (NSHAP) is a population-based study of health and social factors on a national scale, aiming to understand the well-being of older, community-dwelling Americans. More
Options for Structuring Disproportionate Share (DSH) Payments to Account for Uncompensated Care: Impact on Rural Hospitals.
This multi-phase analysis examined whether discharge patterns for and use of post-acute care services by rural and urban hospitalized Medicare beneficiaries differ and, if they do, what the sources are of these different patterns. More
Post-Acute Care: A Rural and Urban Comparison.
This multi-phase analysis examined whether discharge patterns for and use of post-acute care services by rural and urban hospitalized Medicare beneficiaries differ and, if they do, what the sources are of these different patterns. Claims data from the 2000-2001 Medicare Standard Analytical Files (SAF) were used to examine rural and urban patterns of post-acute placement in a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF), medical rehabilitation facility, or home care following discharge from an acute hospital. More
Roadmap for the Adoption of Health Information Technology in Rural Communities.
The goal of this project was to develop a reference document that would be provided to attendees at the Office of Rural Health Policy's September 2006 conference and widely distributed to other interested parties following the conference. Based on a review of the relevant literature as well as exhaustive review of relevant web sites, this document compiles information designed to help all types of rural health care providers along the road to adoption of health information technology. More
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