The planning of rural health research: rurality and rural population issues

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Title The planning of rural health research: rurality and rural population issues
Author McGrail, MR; Jones, R; Robinson, A; Rickard, Claire; Burley, M; Drysdale, M
Journal Name Rural and Remote Health
Year Published 2005
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Australian Rural Health Education Network
Abstract Rurality and rural population issues require special consideration when planning both qualitative and quantitative health research in rural areas. The objective of this article was to explore the issues that require attention when planning the research. This is the first of two articles and focus on issues that require consideration when undertaking rural health research. The diversity of study populations, the feasibility of a research topic, the selection of a research team, and the cultural traditions of Indigenous communities, are all aspects of rural health research planning that require attention. Procedures such as identifying the characteristics of the population, the selection of measures of rurality appropriate for the research topic, the use of local liaison persons, decisions on the use of "insider" or "outsider" researchers, and the identification of skills resources available, increase the quality of the research outcomes. These issues are relevant to both qualitative and quantitative research. Procedures are available to address issues of particular concern in developing appropriate methods for rural health research. While we have concentrated on Australian issues and solutions, rural localities in other countries may face similar issues. Attention to rurality and rural situations when planning rural health research, results in studies that support the continued improvement of health in rural communities.
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Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the authors 2005. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 5
Issue Number 4
Page from 1
Page to 8
ISSN 1445-6354
Date Accessioned 2007-05-10
Language en_AU
Comments Pagination not for citation purposes. Instead this article has a unique number: 426
Research Centre Menzies Health Institute Qld; Centre for Health Practice Innovation
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject PRE2009-Nursing
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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