Charting the future course of rural health and remote health in Australia: why we need theory

Bourke, Lisa, Humphreys, John S., Wakerman, John, and Taylor, Judy (2010) Charting the future course of rural health and remote health in Australia: why we need theory. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 18 (2). pp. 54-58.

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Objective: This paper argues that rural and remote health is in need of theoretical development.

Design: Based on the authors’ discussions, reflections and critical analyses of literature, this paper proposes key reasons why rural and remote health warrants the development of theoretical frameworks.

Results: The paper cites five reasons why theory is needed: (i) theory provides an approach for how a topic is studied; (ii) theory articulates key assumptions in knowledge development; (iii) theory systematises knowledge, enabling it to be transferable; (iv) theory provides predictability; and (v) theory enables comprehensive understanding.

Conclusion: This paper concludes with a call for theoretical development in both rural and remote health to expand its knowledge and be more relevant to improving health care for rural Australians.

Item ID: 10650
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1440-1584
Keywords: knowledge development; remote health; rural health; theoretical framework; theory
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2010 01:03
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111708 Health and Community Services @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920506 Rural Health @ 100%
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