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?

Contact Us

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

Rural Health Research Group
University of Central Florida


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.