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Measuring and evaluating the performance of vertically integrated rural health networks.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of rural health : official journal of the American Rural Health Association and the National Rural Health Care Association
Publication Date
Volume
11
Issue
1
Pages
9–21
Identifiers
PMID: 10141281
Source
Medline

Abstract

The growing interest in health care networks is extraordinary given the lack of a common understanding of what networks are and what they can accomplish. The purpose of this article is to develop a conceptual approach to the study of vertically integrated rural health networks. This article provides a network typology, a framework for assessing network performance, and examples of measurable performance indicators. It concludes with a description of the salient research questions that need to be addressed concerning the relationships between the environment, structure, and performance of vertically integrated rural health networks.

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