Practices that show evidence of effectiveness in improving public health outcomes when implemented in multiple real-life settings, as indicated by achievement of aims consistent with the objectives of the activities.

The impact of family physicians in rural maternity care

Deutchman, M., Macalusco, F., Bray, E., Evans, D., Boulger, J., et al.

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This study examines the role that family physicians play in maternity care in rural communities across the US. Authors collected data from 185 rural hospitals and found that family physicians delivered babies in 67% of these hospitals and were the only doctors doing so in 27% of these hospitals. The results of this study reveal the importance of family physicians in providing maternal health care in rural America. The study’s authors stress the importance of adequate maternal care training for future family physicians who intend to practice in rural location during their residency training.

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Deutchman, M., Macalusco, F., Bray, E., Evans, D., Boulger, J., et al.