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December 8, 1978

Rural Health Care: Medical Issues

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Family Medicine, Duke-Watts Family Medicine Program, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC.

JAMA. 1978;240(24):2647-2650. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03290240047023

Problems in the provision of health care to rural areas in the United States include the distribution of health workers, health care facilities, preventive services, quality of care, and economics. The problems must be clearly identified and defined if solutions are to be effective, and the cooperation of several sectors of the community is required. Community organization and political activity are often necessary to convince legislators and medical schools to assist rural communities in a solution of their major problems.

(JAMA 240:2647-2650, 1978)