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The skyrocketing death rate in rural Arizona is cause for concern

I live in a more rural part of Arizona. One complaint I often hear is how difficult it is to find and retain qualified physicians and specialists in our region.

It’s not our imagination. A new report from the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) confirms our fears: the lack of doctors is a major risk for patients in rural Arizona, and the numbers prove it.

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Death rate in Arizona: a dramatic increase

In recent years, Arizona has witnessed one alarming increase in death rates. The ADHS reports that the state of Arizona has experienced this “a significant increase in deaths from all causes between 2019 and 2020, with a jump of 25.8%.”

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After adjusting for age, the mortality rate escalated from 676.6 per 100,000 Unpleasant 842.2 per 100,000 at the end of the study in 2020.

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Of course, looking at the data from the survey, there is no doubt that the pandemic played a role in the increase. But even after that Taking into account the age differences between Arizona and other states, Arizona had the 23rd highest death rate in the United States in 2021.

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This alarming statistic caught the attention of Arizona public health officials. There is a critical need for change to halt the rise in rural deaths.

According to USDA researchin rural Arizona, folks ages from 25 to 54 years dying from natural causes, such as chronic diseases and cancer, at much higher rates than people of the same age who live in urban areas. The study did not take into account other causes of death, such as suicide or drug overdose.

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Healthcare: Underserved Rural Arizona

This study examines ways to improve access to health care in Arizona’s rural counties. To reverse this frightening trend, health officials are promoting prevention and working on ways to connect patients with better chronic disease management options to better improve healthcare in rural areas.

(Arizona Department of Health | PublicNewsService.org | USDA)

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