When your client lives in a rural area. Part I: Rural health care delivery issues

Issues Ment Health Nurs. 1994 May-Jun;15(3):253-66. doi: 10.3109/01612849409009388.


In the past 2 years there has been increased emphasis on health care delivery concerns in rural environments. Research monies also target the health care needs of vulnerable populations living in areas with a shortage of health professionals; many of these populations are located in rural areas. There is, however, a paucity of information about populations and mental health nursing in rural environment. Part I of this two-part article summarizes pertinent definitions and characteristics of rural environments. The health care delivery system in rural settings is considered within a framework of availability, accessibility, and acceptability of services. Traditional belief systems are highlighted, and the impact of these on health care-seeking behaviors of rural people are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude to Health
  • Community Health Nursing / organization & administration*
  • Delivery of Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Psychiatric Nursing / organization & administration*
  • Rural Health*
  • Social Support