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|Title:||Charting the future course of rural health and remote health in Australia: Why we need theory|
|Citation:||Australian Journal of Rural Health, 2010; 18(2):54-58|
|Lisa Bourke, John S. Humphreys, John Wakerman and Judy Taylor|
|Abstract:||<h4>Objective</h4>This paper argues that rural and remote health is in need of theoretical development.<h4>Design</h4>Based on the authors' discussions, reflections and critical analyses of literature, this paper proposes key reasons why rural and remote health warrants the development of theoretical frameworks.<h4>Results</h4>The paper cites five reasons why theory is needed: (i) theory provides an approach for how a topic is studied; (ii) theory articulates key assumptions in knowledge development; (iii) theory systematises knowledge, enabling it to be transferable; (iv) theory provides predictability; and (v) theory enables comprehensive understanding.<h4>Conclusion</h4>This paper concludes with a call for theoretical development in both rural and remote health to expand its knowledge and be more relevant to improving health care for rural Australians.|
|Rights:||© 2010 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2010 National Rural Health Alliance Inc.|
|Appears in Collections:||Aurora harvest|
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