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November 24, 2011

Standardizing Pediatric Care in Rural Communities

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A child receiving treatment for croup—a respiratory condition—in an emergency department at a rural community hospital is almost 50 per cent less likely to receive the same level of care compared to treatment for the same condition in an urban city like Edmonton.

That’s according to a team of researchers, two of whom are from the University of Alberta, who have received a $2-million grant from the National Centre of Excellence to develop resources that will help ensure standardized pediatric care at emergency rooms across the country. Other researchers include David Johnson, University of Calgary, Mona Jabbour, University of Ottawa and Terry Klassen, University of Manitoba. Shannon Scott, U of A nursing assistant professor and project co-director, says theirs is the first such project that aims to close the knowledge gap on how health-care professionals in rural hospitals diagnose, care for and treat children.

Read the full article by Michael Davies-Venn at

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