Support for people with long-term neurological condition in rural English communities

Toze, Michael and Sisson, Kelly and George, Thomas and Ray, Mo (2019) Support for people with long-term neurological condition in rural English communities. British Journal of Community Nursing, 24 (5). ISSN 1462-4753

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.12968/bjcn.2019.24.5.212

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Abstract

Nineteen percent of people in England live in rural areas (LGA and PHE, 2017). Compared to urban populations, the rural population is older, and faces greater difficulties in accessing medical services. At the same time, healthcare teams in rural areas face particular challenges in recruiting and retaining staff, travelling between patients, and keeping specialised knowledge up-to-date. Drawing upon a recent health needs assessment for people living with long-term neurological conditions in a rural English county, and upon a broader review of the literature, this paper considers the challenges of rurality, and discusses potential solutions. Technological and community-based responses have often been suggested as responses to challenges of rurality. However, there is likely to be a need for up-front investment of resources and careful consideration of individual and community needs before these solutions can be applied to rural neurological care.

Keywords:rural, neurological, community, access to services, professionals, barriers, healthcare
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B710 Community Nursing
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:35823
Deposited On:01 May 2019 10:33

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