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Impact of rural living on the experience of chronic illness


Fitzgerald, MA and Pearson, A and McCutcheon, H, Impact of rural living on the experience of chronic illness, Australian Journal of Rural Health, 9, (5) pp. 235-240. ISSN 1038-5282 (2001) [Refereed Article]


This paper concentrates on the specific impact that living in rural Australia has on the experience of chronic illness, and draws on data collected in a larger phenomenological study. Eighteen rural Australians in New South Wales described their experiences and referred particularly to issues that related to their rural context. A secondary analysis of the data revealed three sub-themes related to the concept of rural, choice of doctor, travelling and life style. The shortfalls in service identified by these participants deserves further investigation and could become fertile ground for an expanded nursing service.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:availability of health services, chronic illness, experience of chronic illness, rural, rurality.
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Fitzgerald, MA (Professor Mary Fitzgerald)
ID Code:64171
Year Published:2001
Deposited By:Nurse Education Unit
Deposited On:2010-07-02
Last Modified:2010-07-02

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