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Prim Care. 2017 Mar;44(1):11-19. doi: 10.1016/j.pop.2016.09.003.

Primary Care Issues in Rural Populations.

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Northwell Health Solutions, House Calls Program, 1983 Marcus Ave. Suite C102, New Hyde Park, NY 11042, USA. Electronic address:


Rural populations have different demographics and health issues compared to their metropolitan counterparts, including higher mortalities from ischemic heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unintentional injuries, motor vehicle accidents, and suicide. Rural primary care physicians (PCPs) have a unique position in counseling, preventing, and treating common issues that are specific to rural populations, such as motor vehicle accidents, unintentional injuries, pesticide poisoning, occupational respiratory illnesses, and mental illness. They are also in a unique position to address prevention and social determinants of health. Rural PCPs can use multiple strategies to improve access to medical care.


Access; Adherence; Determinants of health; Prevention; Retention; Rural; Training; Treatment

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