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Date

2019

Abstract

Castleton Family Health Center serves the western portion of Rutland County, which is designated as both rural and medically underserved. The regional Community Health Needs Assessment set goals to increase primary care visits, decrease inappropriate utilization of the emergency department, and work towards seamless care transitions without loss of information or gaps in care. Additionally, the Vermont Department of Health (Rutland region) identified both transportation limitations and a shortage of medical specialists as significant barriers to accessing care in the region. Point-of-care ultrasound may serve to address these community needs by improving the quality and continuity of care provided by primary care physicians.

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Castleton Family Health Center

Keywords

POCUS, ultrasound, primary care, rural medicine, Vermont

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Disciplines

Family Medicine | Medical Education | Primary Care

An exploration of the benefits and challenges associated with introducing point-of-care ultrasound to a rural primary care setting

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