Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Children with special health needs have similar outcomes in cities, Appalachia

A study published Saturday in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved finds that children with special health needs from Appalachia have a similar health status as children from metropolitan areas with  similar problems. The finding is contrary to conventional wisdom that Appalachian areas have limited access to health services. The study did find that children from the mountains were more likely to be insured by Medicaid and to visit emergency rooms rather than primary care providers, but otherwise had similar needs and issues as children in more urban environments. The study was conducted by Nationwide Children’s Hospital.