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Key Health Issues Affecting Rural Communities
This white paper provides an overview of the key issues that affect the health and well-being of people living in rural communities in Northern Ireland.
It identifies general health issues such as the increasing aging population, socio-economic issues, limited health resources, and exclusion and isolation.
Innovative approaches to rural healthcare should be further explored, and these include improving transport links, providing good infrastructure, and improving patient safety.
In addition, a complete understanding of the needs of the people residing in rural areas of Northern Ireland is important to help inform policies that will positive influence the health of the rural citizens.