GLOBAL HEALTH & SOCIAL MEDICINE
Dr. Peterson studies access to health care in rural, low-density populations especially for those of advanced age and chronic illness. Access and resources in rural areas may be lacking because of distances to medical centers, a reduced tax base and lack of primary care providers. Previous studies have shown that proactive efforts to improve home care and function can have a positive impact on functioning and other health parameters. Dr. Peterson helped to establish a community care coordinator team to reach out to the elderly and others with chronic needs in a rural community in Vermont. He and colleagues, including a medical student, are evaluating the impact of the additional social worker and nurse on the lives of people in the region.
Minnesota medicine, March 1, 2013
Archives of surgery (Chicago, Ill. : 1960), January 1, 2006