ERIC Number: ED058383
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Public Health Services in Sixty-Seven Rural Counties: Are They Meeting the County's Medical Needs?
Turk, William L.
Forty-four counties in Florida and 23 in Oregon with 1966 populations of less than 50,000 were selected for a study of the adequacy of public health services in rural areas. The counties were ranked on the following need variables: number of children under 5 years, persons over 65 years, Negroes, and families with incomes under $3,000. The seven performance items which were identified were (1) total expenditures for public health, (2) the number of nurses, (3) tuberculosis tests and X-rays, (4) antepartum and postpartum nursing visits, (5) nursing visits to children under 5 years, (6) diabetes nursing visits, and (7) cardiovascular nursing visits. Rank order correlations were calculated to determine the degree to which services associated with expected need for medical treatment and care. There was a high relationship between all items in need-for-services category and the performance variables, with the exception of cardiovascular nursing visits in Florida counties. This lack of correlation may be explained partially by the existence of a private organization which provides a cardiovascular visiting nurses service. A table of the rank order correlation data and a bibliography are appended. (BC)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Economic Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Florida; Oregon
Note: Paper presented at Western Agricultural Economics Assn. Meeting (Corvallis, Oregon, July 21, 1969)