Farmers' Concerns: A Qualitative Assessment to Plan Rural Medical Education
Community Health Sciences
Context: Limited research suggests that translational approaches are needed to decrease the distance, physical and cultural, between farmers and health care. Purpose: This study seeks to identify special concerns of farmers in Alabama and explore the need for a medical education program tailored to prepare physicians to address those concerns. Methods: We conducted 2 focus groups with 20 farmers from diverse communities, backgrounds, and farming operations. The sessions were audiorecorded, transcribed, coded, and analyzed for determined patterns. Findings: The following categories were developed as areas of importance to farmers: the need for physicians to understand the culture of farming, occupational exposures in farming, and recommendations for improving the health of farmers. Conclusion: Findings suggest that to adequately serve farmers, medical students interested in entering practice in rural areas should have or develop a relevant and adequate understanding of farming practices.
Journal of Rural Health
Anderson, B. T.,
Johnson, G. J.,
Wheat, J. R.,
Wofford, A. S.,
Wiggins, O. S.,
Downey, L. H.
(2012). Farmers' Concerns: A Qualitative Assessment to Plan Rural Medical Education. Journal of Rural Health, 28(2), 115-121.
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