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


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McGrail, MR, Jones, R, Robinson, A, Rickard, CM, Burley, M and Drysdale, M 2005 , 'The planning of rural health research: rurality and rural population issues' , Rural and Remote Health, vol. 5 , p. 426 .

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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.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:McGrail, MR and Jones, R and Robinson, A and Rickard, CM and Burley, M and Drysdale, M
Keywords: rural health, research methodology
Journal or Publication Title: Rural and Remote Health
ISSN: 1445-6354
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