Role of social systems in health of seniors living in rural Saskatchewan

Last Updated: February 4, 2014

Bonnie Jeffery, PhD (Lead Principal Investigator)
Shanthi Johnson, PhD (Co-Principal Investigator)
Sylvia Abonyi, PhD (Co-investigator)
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This pilot project gathered preliminary information to examine the relationship between social systems and the health of seniors living in rural communities. Researchers looked at two different size health regions in Saskatchewan, comparing a largely "urban" health region with a more "rural" region in order to develop, implement, and test a conceptual framework and methodology.

Goals / Outcomes: The aim of the project was to determine if there were differing views concerning both the capacity for rural communities to address health care needs for seniors and the ways in which social systems influence the health of seniors. As part of a broad literature review on rural seniors' health, researchers found a knowledge gap specifically on rural senior men's health and conducted a literature review targeting this gap. SPHERU has released a report of the pilot study and is conducting the Healthy Aging in Place follow-up study.

Funder: Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture /Canadian Institutes of Health Research

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