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

Lisa Bourke, John Humphreys, John Wakerman, Judith Taylor

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    Abstract

    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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)54-58
    Number of pages5
    JournalAustralian Journal of Rural Health
    Volume18
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010

    Keywords

    • Knowledge development
    • Remote health
    • Rural health
    • Theoretical framework
    • Theory

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