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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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?

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.

Project Lazarus: An Innovative Community Response to Prescription Drug Overdose

Medical Costs of Secondhand-Smoke Exposure in North Carolina

ORIGINAL ARTICLE We used 2006 BCBSNC claims data and national and state surveillance data to calculate the treated prevalence of medical conditions related to exposure to secondhand smoke (SHS). The total annual cost of treatment for conditions related to SHS exposure was estimated to be $293,304,430, in 2009 inflation-adjusted dollars. These data provide additional rationale for regulating smoking in all work sites and public places.

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