Culture and rural health

Farmer, Jane, Bourke, Lisa, Taylor, Judy, Marley, Julia V., Reid, John, Bracksley, Stacey, and Johnson, Nicole (2012) Culture and rural health. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 20 (5). pp. 243-247.

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Abstract

This paper considers the role of culture in rural health, suggesting that the concept and its impacts are insufficiently understood and studied. It reviews some of the ways that culture has been considered in (rural) health, and states that culture is either used ambiguously and broadly for example, suggesting that there is a rural culture, or narrowly indeed perhaps interchangeably with ethnicity, for example Aboriginal culture as a unity. The paper notes that, although culture is a dynamic social concept, it has been adopted into a biomedical research paradigm as though it is fixed. Culture is often treated as though it is something that can be addressed simplistically, for example, through cultural sensitivity education. Authors suggest that culture is an unaddressed elephant in the room in rural health, and that exploring cultural differences and beliefs and facing up to cultural differences are vital in understanding and addressing rural health and health system challenges.

Item ID: 23819
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: health policy, health status, health system, public health, rural sociology
ISSN: 1440-1584
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2012 05:29
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920506 Rural Health @ 100%
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