BMC Health Services Research is calling for submissions to our Collection on Rural health services research.
Rural health services research is a dynamic and multifaceted field that aims to investigate, understand, and improve healthcare access, delivery, and quality in rural areas. Rural healthcare systems face unique challenges e.g. workforce shortages, financial and infrastructure strain, complex patient populations, that require in-depth study and analysis to ensure equitable access to quality healthcare services for residents in these often underserved regions.
This collection invites original research articles that advance our understanding of rural health services. Our goal is to foster collaboration and knowledge exchange among experts, researchers, and practitioners to drive meaningful improvements in rural healthcare outcomes and contribute to the overall well-being of rural communities. Through evidence-based insights and informed discourse, we aim to support the development of effective strategies and interventions that bridge the healthcare gap between rural and urban areas.
Potential topics can include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Rural health disparities
- Organization and quality of healthcare services in rural settings
- Primary care in rural settings
- Rural health promotion and disease prevention
- Mental health in rural populations
- Out-of-hours and acute medicine conditions and services in rural healthcare
- Rural hospital management and sustainability
- Telehealth and artificial intelligence in rural healthcare
- Chronic disease management in rural healthcare settings
- Health workforce recruitment and retention in rural areas
- Rural health policy and governance
- Digital health innovations implementation in rural areas
- Rural cooperation and management of (complex) patients
- Education of rural practitioners
This collection supports and amplifies research related to SDG 3 Good Health & Well-Being.
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