Preventive Health Service Use Among Rural Residents

Research center:
Project funded:
September 2016
Project completed:
April 2019

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 use fewer preventive health services and screenings and are less likely to adopt healthy behaviors that could prevent high-cost chronic conditions. Given their poorer health status and limited use of preventive care, we anticipate that rural residents will have much to gain from public and private investments in public health. Using the National Health Interview Survey, this study will seek to understand whether preventive health services differences among rural and urban adults can be explained by health status and sociodemographic characteristics.


  • Preventive Health Service Use Among Rural Women
    Policy Brief
    Maine Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 04/2019
    This study used the National Health Interview Survey to examine differences in receipt of preventive health services among rural and urban women. It found that rural women are less likely to receive HPV vaccines and mammograms, even controlling for rural-urban sociodemographic and resource differences.