Date of Award
Master of Arts
Mortality rates are considered to be a marker for a society's overall health and well-being. In the United States, there exist pronounced disparities between urban and rural areas regarding mortality and physician supply. The objective of this research is to ascertain differences in the social determinants of cancer mortality at the county-level, based on level of amenability to treatment in urban and rural areas. Multivariate OLS regression is used to anlayze the associations between demographic, economic, and health predictor variables with more and less amenable mortality, separated by urban and rural distinctions. Results indicate that there are clear differences in the predictors of more and less amenable cancer mortality, especially in rural areas. Non-medical, socioeconomic factors are found to have greater significant impacts on mortality in rural areas more so than urban areas.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Topping, Michael Silas, "Rural-Urban Cancer Disparities in Mortality: The Role of Physician Supply" (2020). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2071.