Linda Nguyen

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Honors Thesis


Cerebrovascular disease is a leading cause of death globally. It is not clear if cerebrovascular disease mortality, and human and material resources that could affect it, differ across rural and urban Texas counties. The purpose of the study was to determine county-level differences between rural-urban cerebrovascular disease mortality in Texas and how differences were correlated with human and material resources. Human resources included rates of neurologists, neurosurgeons, physician assistants, registered nurses, and nurse practitioners. Material resources included rates of beds, hospitals with intensive care units, and hospitals with cardiac intensive care units. Bivariate scatterplots and Spearman's correlations indicated a weak, negative association with a high degree of heteroskedasticity between cerebrovascular disease and human or material resources in rural and urban counties. Studies including additional human and material variables and advanced statistical techniques should be conducted to investigate potential factors related to cerebrovascular disease mortality in rural and urban Texas counties.

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