Rural Health Services: Finding the Light at the End of the Tunnel

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Birth Tunnel – Haida Gwaii

To accurately understand the effectiveness of rural health services we need data that tells us about the health of a community, not just the people who use the services. Measuring rural community health in BC has been difficult because the data is not well organized because community outcomes are not directly linked to services. At the Centre for Rural Health Research, we have been building “geographic catchments” and linking them with population postal codes to address this problem. We have just published a commentary on why this is important.

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