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Imbalances in rural primary care: brief based on a scoping literature review with an emphasis on the WHO European Region.Technical series on primary health care.

Bosmans, M.W.G., Boerma, W.G.W., Groenewegen, P.P. Imbalances in rural primary care: brief based on a scoping literature review with an emphasis on the WHO European Region.Technical series on primary health care., 26
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Method and scope of this brief
This brief and its background report are based on a scoping literature review aiming to rapidly provide a summary of best practices and approaches to solve imbalances in rural primary care. The review covered research dealing with primary care in rural and remote areas that has been published between 2008 – the year that the landmark World health report – Primary care: now more than ever was launched – and the summer of 2018. Where available, in review studies, we took into account the methodological quality of studies. However, a methodological assessment of individual studies has not been undertaken. This review also offers a situation description regarding the problems of access to primary care in rural areas
and describes what is known about its root causes and consequences. The main focus of this brief and its background report is on the WHO European Region, but a substantial portion of the included studies comes from several large countries outside the WHO European Region, such as Australia, Canada and the United States, that have been coping with this problem for a long time. Because of the global nature of available evidence, findings and reported policy options are globally applicable.