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dc.contributor.authorBourke, L.-
dc.contributor.authorHumphreys, J.-
dc.contributor.authorWakerman, J.-
dc.contributor.authorTaylor, J.-
dc.identifier.citationAustralian Journal of Rural Health, 2010; 18(2):54-58-
dc.description.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.-
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityLisa Bourke, John S. Humphreys, John Wakerman and Judy Taylor-
dc.publisherBlackwell Publishing-
dc.rights© 2010 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2010 National Rural Health Alliance Inc.-
dc.subjectknowledge development-
dc.subjectremote health-
dc.subjectrural health-
dc.subjecttheoretical framework-
dc.titleCharting the future course of rural health and remote health in Australia: Why we need theory-
dc.typeJournal article-
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