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Resources by Topic: Appalachia

"Living With a Ball and Chain": The Experience of Stroke for Individuals and Their Caregivers in Rural Appalachian Kentucky
Describes a qualitative study based on interviews with 13 stroke survivors and 12 caregivers in rural Appalachian Kentucky. Analyzes the transcripts for qualitative data giving insight into the experience of stroke victims from the time of onset, through their treatment in the healthcare system, to their reintegration into their home and community.
Author(s): Megan M. Danzl, Elizabeth G. Hunter, Sarah Campbell, et al.
Citation: Journal of Rural Health, 29(4), 368-382
Date: 10/2013
Type: Document
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Loneliness and Quality of Life in Chronically Ill Rural Older Adults: Findings from a Pilot Study
Explores the prevalence of loneliness in older adults living in rural Appalachia with chronic illness and whether loneliness influences their quality of life. Includes statistics on demographics as well as loneliness and quality of life indicators by chronic illness and medication use.
Author(s): Laurie A. Theeke, Jennifer Mallow
Citation: American Journal of Nursing, 113(9), 28-38
Date: 09/2013
Type: Document
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Housing in Central Appalachia
Discusses the social, economic, and housing characteristics of Central Appalachia. Includes information on housing quality.
Date: 09/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Housing Assistance Council
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Appalachian Women's Perspectives on Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening
Examines barriers and facilitators to better understand breast and cervical cancer screening among Appalachian women, and identifies methods to increase cancer screening.
Author(s): Nancy Schoenberg, Tina Kruger, Shoshana Bardach, Britteny Howell
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 13(3), 2452
Date: 09/2013
Type: Document
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Perspectives on Healthy Eating Among Appalachian Residents
Reports on a study based on a focus group made up of rural Appalachian Kentuckians, discussing perceptions of healthy eating, barriers to maintaining a healthy diet, and recommendations for making improvements within their communities. Results are distributed by participant demographics, such as age, race, and annual income, among others.
Author(s): Nancy E. Schoenberg, Britteny M. Howell, Mark Swanson, Christopher Grosh, Shoshana Bardach
Citation: Journal of Rural Health, 29(s1), 25-34
Date: 08/2013
Type: Document
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Rates of Black Lung Disease in Relationship to Black Lung Treatment Centers
Investigates the rates of black lung disease among active miners in relationship to the location of Black Lung Clinics.
Additional links: Policy Brief
Author(s): Michael Hendryx, Cynthia Persily, Jamison Conley, Evan Fedorko
Date: 08/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: West Virginia Rural Health Research Center
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A Lesson From Hazard
Discusses the role that inequality may play in poor life expectancy statistics in Perry County, Kentucky.
Author(s): Wayne Myers
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 08/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Health Care Providers' Perspectives on Low HPV Vaccine Uptake and Adherence in Appalachian Kentucky
Examines healthcare providers' perceived barriers and motivations for women ages 18-26 in Appalachian Kentucky to receive the HPV vaccine. Includes suggested strategies from healthcare providers for improving vaccination rates and participant characteristics.
Author(s): Katharine J. Head, Robin C. Vanderpool, Laurel A. Mills
Citation: Public Health Nursing, 30(4), 351-360
Date: 07/2013
Type: Document
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Appalachian Versus Non-Appalachian US Traffic Fatalities, 2008-2010
Examines traffic-fatality rates in Appalachia and the non-Appalachia U.S. using Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) and Census data from 2008-2010. Includes rural versus urban traffic fatality data inside and outside Appalachia, with data by gender and age group. Provides rural versus urban fatality data for passenger-vehicle drivers and passengers, motorcyclists, ATV riders, pedestrians, and bicyclists.
Author(s): Motao Zhu, Songzhu Zhao, Kelly K. Gurka, Sahiti Kandati, Jeffery H. Coben
Citation: Annals of Epidemiology, 23(6), 377-380
Date: 06/2013
Type: Document
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Barriers to Cervical Cancer Screening among Middle-Aged and Older Rural Appalachian Women
Examines middle-aged Appalachian women to determine barriers to cervical cancer screening following the PRECEDE/PROCEED framework. Table 1 lists study population characteristics, also includes the rankings of predisposing, enabling, and reinforcing factors of barriers to cervical cancer screening.
Author(s): Christina R. Studts, Yelena N. Tarasenko, Nancy E. Schoenberg
Citation: Journal of Community Health, 38(3), 500-512
Date: 06/2013
Type: Document
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