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Rural Health and Aging Research Theory, Methods, and Practical Applications

    259 Pages
    by Routledge

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    by Routledge

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    This book describes a wide-ranging set of research approaches which have been used to study the health care problems of adults living in rural areas. It shows how these approaches can be used to define health care problems, measure levels of illness and health, and evaluate health care practices. For each approach, contributors provide a theoretical background from the health care delivery literature, details of how it can be carried out in the field, its strengths and weaknesses, and illustrative examples from both the literature and their own work.

    I. Defining the Health Issues and Problems of Rural Elderly: Context, Experience, Statistical Profiles, and Indicators

    Introduction to Research on Rural Health and Aging Issues Wilbert M. Gesler, Donna J. Rabiner, and Gordon H. DeFriese

    Secondary Data and Statistical Profiles of Older Rural Americans Mary Anne Salmon and Thomas C. Ricketts, III

    Methods for Assessing Geographic Aspects of Health Care for Older Adults in Rural Areas  Wilbert M. Gesler, Lucy A. Savitz, and Peggy S. Wittie

    Theoretical and Methodological Approaches to Migration Research on Rural Aging Populations Charles F. Longino, Jr. and Mark H. Smith

    The Community-Based Laboratory Approach to the Development of Collaborative Rural Health and Aging Research and Demonstrations  Harold L. Cook and Gordon H. DeFriese

     II.  Measuring the Health and Well-Being of Rural People

    Incorporating Qualitative Methods Into the Study of Health Beliefs and Health Behaviors of Rural Older Adults Thomas A. Arcury, Susan A. Gaylord and Harold L. Cook

    The Potential of Community Service and Research Partnerships: The Geriatric Team Consultation Project Rebecca H. Hunter, Mark E. Williams, Jane McCaleb, and William Remmes

     III. Measuring Health Practices and the Use of Formal and Informal Health Care
    Research in Rural Minority Aging in the Southeast U.S.: Results and Directions Thomas A. Arcury, Ronny A. Bell, and Iris B. Carlton-LaNey

    Trajectories of Health in Aging Populations  Elizabeth C. Clipp, Glen H. Elder, Jr., Linda K. George, and Carl F. Pieper

    Methodologic Rigor and Therapeutic Obligation: The Dialectic in Community Research Carol C. Hogue

    Informal Caregiving Networks and Community Resource Infrastructure Serving Rural Elderly Populations: Making the Macro-Micro Link Jean E. Kincade, Donna J. Rabiner, Gary M. Nelson, and Mary Anne Salmon

    Improving Health Care Research for Rural Elderly People Using Advanced Communications Technologies  Mark E. Williams, Thomas C. Ricketts, III, and B. G. Thompson

    Conclusion  Wilbert M. Gesler, Donna J. Rabiner, and Gordon H. DeFriese