January 29, 2013: The recent study Hospitalization of Rural and Urban Infants During the First Year of Life published in the Journal of Pediatrics found that California infants in their first year of life who live in rural counties experience less hospitalizations than infants living in urban counties, even though infant mortality rates among both groups is about the same.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, lead study author Dr. Kristin Ray and her colleagues, seeking a better understanding of rural babies and families, looked at a population of more than 6.4 million babies born in the state between 1993 and 2005.
Ray added,"The underlying question is whether we're seeing too many hospitalizations in urban areas, too few hospitalizations in rural areas, or the right amount of hospitalizations in areas with different needs and resources."
"If there are healthier babies that need hospitalization less, is it because they just don't have enough facilities to get hospitalized, which is often the case, or is there something else going on that whatever illness they get, they are able to deal with it before they have to get hospitalized?"
Questions for a further study.
Written by Taylor McCulloch.