Assessing Rural Health:
Toward Developing Health Indicators for Rural Canada
J.R. Pitblado, R.W. Pong, A. Irvine*, K.V. Nagarajan*, V. Sahai*, J. Zelmer, and L. Dunikowski
The objective of this study is to examine the conceptual basis and feasibility of developing rural health indicators that could be used to achieve a better understanding of rural health. One of the major tasks was to come up with some operational definitions of "rural". In order to examine whether existing data series could be used to develop rural health indicators, a database of existing health indicators was developed. The extent to which these health indicators could be converted to rural health indicators, using one or more operational definitions of "rural", was examined. Some rural health indicators were developed for illustrative purposes. The final report contains recommendations on health data collection and future development of rural health indicators.
(funded by the National Health Research and Development Program, Health Canada)
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(Names in bold denote CRaNHR investigators and research staff. Names with an * denote former CRaNHR investigators and research staff.)