- To review and report on the existing base of scientific knowledge of public health and health service issues in rural areas.
- To identify gaps in current knowledge and understanding.
- To identify priorities for future research as a basis for the development of a programme of pan-European research and to develop an agenda for action on other identified priorities.
Approximately 20 per cent of Europe's inhabitants live in what can be termed rural areas. There are many issues surrounding morbidity, access to health care services and equity in these areas. The problem of isolation - for both the populations of rural areas and practising health professionals - is very real. Discussion and initial research to date has indicated that certain issues and problems may be common across Member States. The overall aim of the project is to undertake a collaborative study of public health and health service issues in rural areas. It will inform the development of pan-European action to tackle common needs and priorities.
Public health, Health services, Rural Health needs, Health promotion.