This study explored 19 rural dwellers' perceptions of health care issues through semi-structured interviews.
Sample selection, data collection, and analysis adhered to the grounded theory method in that an interactive design was maintained.
The strategy of traveling for care describes how rural dwellers deal with the problem of varying access to health care.
This study uncovers the influencing factors that impact on rural dwellers' decisions when traveling for care.
Most rural dwellers choose to wait before seeking health care; those factors that contributed to the decision to wait includes limited financial resources to pay for health care, prior experiences within the system, and the prevalent belief that they can provide self-care effectively.
When self-care was not successful they evaluated their resources to assist in their decision making.
The last phase of this strategy was choosing the distance they would go to receive health care.
Mots-clés Pascal : Accessibilité, Soin, Service santé, Distance, Milieu rural, Perception sociale, Santé, Homme, Demande thérapeutique, Prise décision, Géorgie, Système santé, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Accessibility, Care, Health service, Distance, Rural environment, Social perception, Health, Human, Therapeutical request, Decision making, Georgia, Health system, United States, North America, America
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 94-0463284
Code Inist : 002B30A01B. Création : 199406.