ERIC Number: EJ960383
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
Farmers' Concerns: A Qualitative Assessment to Plan Rural Medical Education
Anderson, Brittney T.; Johnson, Gwendolyn J.; Wheat, John R.; Wofford, Amina S.; Wiggins, O. Sam; Downey, Laura H.
Journal of Rural Health, v28 n2 p115-121 Spr 2012
Abstract 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 audio-recorded, 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.
Descriptors: Rural Areas, Medical Education, Medical Students, Knowledge Level, Subcultures, Agricultural Occupations, Occupational Safety and Health, Hazardous Materials, Health Promotion, Focus Groups, Qualitative Research, Physicians
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Alabama