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July 8, 1950

Hospitalization of the People of Two Counties: A Study of the Experience in Hillsdale and Branch Counties, Michigan, 1940-1945

JAMA. 1950;143(10):934. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910450074026

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The stated purpose of this study by the University of Michigan School of Public Health was to investigate the utilization of hospitals in a rural area—in this case two adjoining counties in southern Michigan—and to determine the effects, on that utilization, of Blue Cross enrolment. The authors of the study also hoped to be able to observe some of the effects of the improving economy during the war years on the demands for and the uses of hospital facilities by the people living in the two small cities and those in the villages and on the farms.

A voluminous set of statistical tables, both in the text and in the appendix, presents a detailed analysis of population characteristics: the number and rate of hospitalizations by age, sex and disease; the annual number of days of hospitalization and days per illness by age, sex and disease; the number of in county

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