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Health in Rural Canada

Health research in Canada has mostly focused on urban areas, often overlooking the unique issues faced by Canadians living in rural and remote areas. This volume provides the first comprehensive overview of the state of rural health and health care in Canada. The contributors bring insights and methodologies from multiple disciplines and community-based research projects to a full spectrum of topics: health literacy, rural health-care delivery and training, Aboriginal health, web-based services and their application, rural palliative care, and rural health research and policy. Together, these multifaceted explorations of the dynamic relationship between health and place offer a valuable resource for understanding the special, ever-changing needs of rural communities.

568 pages

Table of Contents

Foreword / M. Watanabe


1 Health and Place in Rural Canada / A.M. Williams and J.C. Kulig

Part 1: Rural Health Status

2 Rural Health Status and Determinants in Canada / M. DesMeules, R.W. Pong, J. Read Guernsey, F. Wang, W. Luo, and M.P. Dressler

3 Children, Youth and Young Adults and the Gap in Health Status Between Urban and Rural Canadians / A. Ostry

4 Health Services Utilization in Rural Canada: Are there Distinct Rural Patterns? / R.W. Pong, M. DesMeules, J. Read Guernsey, D. Manuel, A. Kazanjian, and F. Wang

Part 2: Rural Health Human Resources

5 Geographical Distribution of Rural Health Human Resources / J. Roger Pitblado

6 Rural Health Training Institute / P. Goodman

7 Building Capacity in Rural Health Services: The Effect of Continuing Education / S. Habjan, K. Kortes-Miller, M.L. Kelley, H. Sullivan, and L. Pisco

8 The Rural-Urban Continuum as Place: What Can Be Learned from the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) -- Mental Health and Well-being (2002)? / C. Nelson and J. Park

Part 3: Rural Health Services Delivery

9 Transcending Boundaries: Collaborating to improve Northern Access to Health Services in Manitoba and Saskatchewan / A. Moss, F.Racher, B. Jeffery, C. Hamilton, M. Burles, and R.C. Annis

10 Virtual Healthcare Communities: The Use of Web-based and Mobile Intelligent Technologies for Risk Assessment and Health Management in Rural and Remote Communities / A. Barranco-Mendoza and D. Persaud

11 Service Delivery Change in Three Prairie Communities / D. Ramsey and K. Beesley

Part 4: Rural Health Policy and Research

12 Integrating Policy, Research, and Community Development: A Case Study of Developing Rural Palliative Care / M.L.

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