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Type: Journal article
Title: Understanding rural and remote health: a framework for analysis in Australia
Author: Bourke, L.
Humphreys, J.
Wakerman, J.
Taylor, J.
Citation: Health & Place, 2012; 18(3):496-503
Publisher: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 1353-8292
1873-2054
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Lisa Bourke, John S. Humphreys, John Wakerman and Judy Taylor
Abstract: People living in rural and remote areas face challenges in accessing appropriate health services, many of which struggle to recruit and retain staff. While researchers have documented these issues in Australia and internationally, rural health remains reactive to current problems and lacks comprehensive understanding. This paper presents a conceptual framework that can be used to better understand specific rural and remote health situations. The framework consists of six key concepts: geographic isolation, the rural locale, local health responses, broader health systems, social structures and power. Viewed through Giddens' theory of structuration, the framework suggests that rural health is understood as spatial and social relations among local residents as well as the actions of local health professionals/consumers that are both enabled and constrained by broader health systems and social structures. The framework provides a range of stakeholders with a guide to understanding rural and remote health.
Keywords: Humans; Comprehension; Concept Formation; Rural Population; Rural Health Services; Health Services Accessibility; Australia
Rights: © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
RMID: 0020118198
DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2012.02.009
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