Rural Health Research

Have you ever wondered about:

  • What new models for healthcare delivery mean for you?
  • How recent trends in rural health affect your clinic?

Need answers but not sure where to start?  Research  can help!

What is Rural Health Research?

Rural health research refers to research that is completed with the aim of improving the health of patients in rural areas. According to the Rural Health Information Hub, rural health research may include investigation to uncover new insights, to assess a rural population’s needs, or to evaluate programs or services offered in rural areas. Rural health research can focus on a variety of topics, ranging from healthcare access to quality, cost, and outcomes.
Source: Rural Health Information Hub, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

How can Rural Health Research help your practice?

Rural health research serves to inform treatment intervention and approaches to care, which in turn, has a significant impact on governmental policy. These policies affect the way you establish, organize, and manage your practice. By staying attuned to new developments in the field of rural health research, your practice can make informed decisions on organizational practices and strategies.

Recent Publications

Cost of Practice Transformation in Primary Care: Joining an Accountable Care Organization
The purpose of this study was to examine the costs related to practice transformation from the perspective of primary care organizations transitioning to become participants in Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).

Impact of Nurse Practitioner Practice Regulations on Rural Population Health Outcomes
The purpose of this study was to determine if clinical outcomes of older rural adult patients vary by the level of practice autonomy that states grant to NPs.

Get Connected

The Rural Health Research Group (RHRG) is composed of a faculty and student research team representing multiple colleges at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. The group brings together knowledge and expertise in primary care, nursing, economics, and statistics.

Our job is to stimulate research in the rural health community as well as support research projects using innovative designs and research strategies.

Does your clinic have research experiences to share?

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To learn more about rural health research or collaborate on a future project, contact:

Rural Health Research Group
University of Central Florida

Rural, Remote, and Resilient: How to Build Better Outcomes Outside of America’s Cities

Alan Morgan’s wish list for rural America begins with such a fundamental ask, it’s easy to wonder why it belongs on a list of hopes and not realities.

“Access to basic primary care,” he said. “That’s really first and foremost.”

Next up is 24/7 emergency room service, followed by obstetrics services. Morgan, the CEO of the National Rural Health Association, sees these as not just lifesaving measures but also society-sustaining ones.

“Those three things really ensure the future of rural America,” he said.

More than 60 million people live outside cities in the United States, External link  and those residents face higher rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and suicide. There’s no single cause for the effects, but experts point to environmental differences, workforce shortages, and education gaps as some of the most likely reasons for health disparities.

The unique elements of rural America that contribute to poor public health require a unique approach to solutions. As experts in assessment, development, and assurance—as well as members of these particular communities—rural public health professionals are perhaps best positioned to lead the way. How can they collaborate creatively within these regions and combat dwindling resources to foster better outcomes for their neighbors?  READ MORE



Development of this research web page was made possible by a federal grant R15MD011663 from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.