A modified Continuous Quality Improvement approach to improve culturally and socially inclusive care within rural health services
Olivia Mitchell, Christina Malatzky, Lisa Bourke, Jane Farmer
AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF RURAL HEALTH | WILEY | Published : 2018
BACKGROUND: The sickest Australians are often those belonging to non-privileged groups, including Indigenous Australians, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, intersex and queer people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, socioeconomically disadvantaged groups, and people with disabilities and low English literacy. These consumers are not always engaged by, or included within, mainstream health services, particularly in rural Australia where health services are limited in number and tend to be generalist in nature. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to present a new approach for improving the sociocultural inclusivity of mainstream, generalist, rural, health care..View full abstract
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We would like to thank Dr Andrew Hamilton for his critical appraisal of the manuscript. We also acknowledge the Australian Government University Department of Rural Health program for funding this research.