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Health in Rural Canada
Judith C. Kulig   Allison M. Williams  

$97.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 12/6/2011
ISBN: 9780774821728    

$39.95 Paperback
Release Date: 2/24/2012
ISBN: 9780774821735    

568 Pages


About the Book

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, from coast to coast and in northern communities.

The contributors bring insights and methodologies from nursing, social work, geography, epidemiology, and sociology and from community-based research 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. Combined with a general overview of how rural services are structured and funded within the Canadian health care system, these diverse explorations of health and place highlight three key themes: rural places matter to health, rural places are unique, and rural places are dynamic.

Wide-ranging and multifaceted, Health in Rural Canada offers researchers and policy-makers, students and practitioners a valuable resource for understanding the special, ever-changing needs of rural communities.

About the Author(s)

Judith C. Kulig is a registered nurse and professor within the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Lethbridge.

Allison M. Williams is a health geographer and a faculty member in the School of Geography & Earth Sciences at McMaster University.

Table of Contents

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? / C.H. Nelson and J. Park

Part 3: Rural Health Services Delivery
9 Transcending Boundaries: Collaborating to Improve Access to Health Services in Northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan / A. Moss, F. Racher, B. Jeffery, C. Hamilton, M. Burles, and R.C. Annis
10 Virtual Health-Care 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. Kelley, W. Sletmoen, A.M. Williams, S. Nadin, and T. Puiras
13 Rural Mental Health Services in Canada: A Model for Research and Practice / C. Brannen, K. Dyck, C. Hardy, and C. Mushquash
14 Health Literacy in Rural Communities: Challenges and Champions / D. Gillis and S. Sears
15 Potholes along the Roads: The Ethics of Health Research in Rural and Remote Canada / S. Wilson-Forsberg and J. Easley

Part 5: Rural Health Issues
16 "Beyond Tired of Driving that Far": HIVAIDS Information Exchange in Rural Canada / R. Harris, T. Veinot, L. Bella, and J. Krajnak
17 Shifting the Burden: The Effects of Home-Based Palliative Care on Family Caregivers in Rural Areas / R. Donovan and A. Williams
18 Pain and Palliative Care with Seniors in Canada’s Northern Territories / N. Novik and M. MacLean
19 Reflections on the Socio-Economic and Psycho-Social Impacts of BSE on Rural and Farm Families in Canada / V. Pletsch, C. Amaratunga, W. Corneil, S. Crowe, and D. Krewski

Part 6: First Nations in Rural Settings
20 Decolonizing First Nations Health / K. Jacklin and W. Warry
21 Access to Primary Health Care in Rural and Remote Aboriginal Communities: Progress, Challenges, and Policy Directions / J.G. Lavoie and L. Gervais
22 Bridging the Gap: Accessing Health Care in Remote Métis Communities / B. Krieg and L. Murdock

Part 7: Aging in Rural Contexts
23 Diversity among Older Adults in Rural Canada: Health in Context / N. Keating and J. Eales
24 Looming Dementia Care Crisis: Are Canadian Rural and Remote Settings Ready? / D.A. Forbes and P. Hawranik
25 Health- and Social-Care Issues in Aging Resource Communities / M. Skinner, N. Hanlon, and G. Halseth
26 Rural Women’s Health Promotion Needs and Resources: A Photovoice Perspective / B. Leipert, T. Landry, C. McWilliam, M.L. Kelley, D. Forbes, P. Wakewich, and J. George
27 The Future of Rural Health Research: Concluding Thoughts / J.C. Kulig and A.M. Williams



Health in Rural Canada makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the pressing issues and substantive challenges in rural health needs, practices, and policies. Illuminating rural health care and rural diversity, this book offers breadth and interdisciplinary perspectives that will benefit both policymakers and scholars in the field and serve as a useful classroom resource for students.
-- Denise Cloutier-Fisher, Associate Professor, Department of Geography and the Centre on Aging, University of Victoria

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