Preventive Health Service Use Among Rural Residents

Research center:
Project funded:
September 2016
Anticipated completion date:
January 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.