Traumatic Brain Injury in North Carolina

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can range from mild concussions to life-threatening trauma. This issue of the NCMJ discusses various issues related to TBI, including the impact of North Carolina’s motorcycle helmet law, prevention and management of sports-related concussions, the need for behavioral health care for TBI survivors, the effect of TBI among North Carolina’s veterans, management of TBI among older adults, and advances in prehospital care for TBI. TABLE OF CONTENTS | FULL ISSUE (pdf) »

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Project Lazarus: An Innovative Community Response to Prescription Drug Overdose

Finding and Keeping Health Care Providers in Rural Communities: Culture Change in Recruitment at Rural Health Group

INVITED COMMENTARY Transforming rural primary care is possible only when leadership is committed to a core set of competencies. Northeastern North Carolina, not always seen as an attractive locale for health professionals, has been developing a primary care medical home that emphasizes team-based care built upon respect, trust, and professionalism.

The Role of Primary Care Providers in Managing Falls

INVITED COMMENTARY Falls threaten the ability of older adults to live independently in the community. Fortunately, national and state organizations have created tools that allow primary care providers to easily assess fall risk, and small changes in practice patterns can provide patients with the resources necessary to prevent falls, thus helping to reverse a costly, deadly epidemic.

Financially Fragile Rural Hospitals: Mergers and Closures

INVITED COMMENTARY Rural hospitals serve as major sources of health care and employment for their communities, but recently they have been under increased financial stress. What are the causes of this stress, and how have hospitals and their communities responded?

  • 76(3) Patient engagement
  • 76(4) Clinical guidelines
  • 76(5) Military health