Document Type

Policy Brief

Publication Date

4-24-2019

Keywords

MRHRC, Access, Preventive health, women's health, rural, vaccines, cancer screening, women

Abstract

Preventive health services and screenings are an important component in the continuum of care provided to individuals across all ages. Yet, research has shown that rural residents generally use fewer preventive health services and screenings. This study used the National Health Interview Survey to examine receipt of preventive health services (cholesterol check, fasting blood sugar test, mammogram, pap smear, and receipt of the HPV vaccine) by rural and urban women over the age of 18. Findings indicate that rural women were less likely than their urban peers to receive preventive health services, and that some of the differences may be explained by rural-urban differences in sociodemographic characteristics. However, even when controlling for these characteristics, lower use of mammogram or HPV vaccine among rural remained. Outreach efforts targeted to rural women, along with policies and programs designed to improve access to rural women’s cancer screening and HPV participation, are needed.

Comments

For more information on this study, please contact Erika Ziller at erika.ziller@maine.edu

Funding Organization or Grant

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

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