Quality Improvement in Rural Hospitals: How Networking Can Help


Quality Improvement in Rural Hospitals: How Networking Can Help


This technical assistance resource discusses the challenges and obstacles faced by small, rural hospitals, as well as the assets and advantages often overlooked in considering how to improve health care quality. It explores how rural hospitals can collaborate to overcome potential barriers and use networks as a vehicle for implementing and sustaining meaningful quality improvement initiatives. It also provides quality improvement projects examples and a resource guide.

This tool addresses the following topics:

  • Where do rural hospitals stand?
  • How to define quality improvement
  • How networking can improve quality
  • Rural hospitals: challenges and obstacles
  • Rural hospitals: assets and advantages
  • Examples of quality improvement projects
  • Key resources
  • References


The Networking for Rural Health Project; National Rural Health Resource Center

Funding Sources:

Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy


Release Date: 2002
Original Summary: May 2008
Last Updated: 06/09/08

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