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Type: Journal article
Title: Charting the future course of rural health and remote health in Australia: Why we need theory
Author: Bourke, L.
Humphreys, J.
Wakerman, J.
Taylor, J.
Citation: Australian Journal of Rural Health, 2010; 18(2):54-58
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Issue Date: 2010
ISSN: 1038-5282
1440-1584
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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.
Keywords: knowledge development; remote health; rural health; theoretical framework; theory.
Rights: © 2010 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2010 National Rural Health Alliance Inc.
RMID: 0020095947
DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1584.2010.01125.x
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