A theory of how rural health services contribute to community sustainability

Jane Farmer (Corresponding Author), Maria E. Prior, Judy Taylor

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Study and opinion suggest that health services play a significant role in supporting the social fabric of fragile rural communities. We draw on empirical evidence about the added-value contributions of health services to communities and unite it with theory of capitals to propose a theoretical model depicting how rural health services contribute to community sustainability. While providing an analytical framework, the paper also points to construction of a measurement tool for enabling planners to measure the contributions of diverse sectors to community sustainability and predict or measure the impact of changes to models of service delivery on the future of rural communities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1903-1911
Number of pages9
JournalSocial Science & Medicine
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012

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PMID: 22901674 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]


  • rural health
  • social capital
  • capitals framework
  • community
  • community sustainability
  • Scotland
  • Australia


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