A theory of how rural health services contribute to community sustainability

Farmer, Jane, Prior, Maria, and Taylor, Judy (2012) A theory of how rural health services contribute to community sustainability. Social Science and Medicine, 75 (10). pp. 1903-1911.

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Abstract

Study and opinion suggest that health services play a significant role in supporting the social fabric of fragile rural communities. We draw on empirical evidence about the added-value contributions of health services to communities and unite it with theory of capitals to propose a theoretical model depicting how rural health services contribute to community sustainability. While providing an analytical framework, the paper also points to construction of a measurement tool for enabling planners to measure the contributions of diverse sectors to community sustainability and predict or measure the impact of changes to models of service delivery on the future of rural communities.

Item ID: 23927
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: rural health, social capital, capitals frameworks, community, community sustainability, Scotland, Australia
ISSN: 0277-9536
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2012 05:32
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920506 Rural Health @ 100%
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