2005

Rural Kentucky’s Physician Shortage: Strategies for Producing, Recruiting and Retaining Primary Care Providers within a Medically Underserved Area
Examines the inadequate supply of doctors in outlying regions of the Commonwealth. Through literature review, data analysis, personal interviews and other research methods, the UK Center for Excellence in Rural Health-Hazard study concluded that Kentucky needs an additional 600 primary care physicians in order to adequately meet the health care needs of its residents. The findings appear in the October 2005 Journal of the Kentucky Medical Association. 

Nurse Anesthetists in Southeastern Kentucky: A Survey of Supply Versus Demand
Examines the geographic maldistribution of nurse anesthetists in Kentucky and the status of their positions and vacancies at all 19 hospitals in the southeastern part of the state. UK Center for Excellence in Rural Health-Hazard researchers found that southeastern Kentucky has 12.5 percent of Kentucky’s total population and performs 11.5 percent of the state’s total surgeries - but has only 6.5 percent of the state’s total resident nurse anesthetists. This report was completed in August 2005 by the University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health.

Kentucky Homeplace Defeat Diabetes Screening Test: An Analysis of Rural Kentucky’s Challenge to Overcome the Growing Diabetes Epidemic
It is well known that diabetes poses serious health threats across our country. For various reasons, that is especially true in Kentucky, with rural Kentucky having the highest prevalence for the disease. From September 2002 through August 2003, lay health workers with the nationally recognized Kentucky Homeplace program distributed and processed 3,092 diabetes self-test surveys to their clients across five regions of the state to get a better picture of the diabetes epidemic. The article was published in the July 2005 issue of the Journal of the Kentucky Medical Association.

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