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Research Letter
June 8, 2021

Rural-Urban Disparity in Mortality in the US From 1999 to 2019

Author Affiliations
  • 1Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
  • 2Verily Life Sciences (Alphabet), South San Francisco, California
  • 3Department of Medicine, VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2021;325(22):2312-2314. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.5334

The economic, social, and political challenges facing rural areas in the US have implications for the entire country. Even though rural-urban disparities in mortality from such diseases as chronic lung disease and cardiovascular disease have been described,1,2 less is known about recent trends in rural-urban differences in age-adjusted mortality rates (AAMRs) overall in the US.