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Resources by Topic: Research methods and resources

Rural Parents' Perceived Stigma of Seeking Mental Health Services for Their Children: Development and Evaluation of a New Instrument
Discusses the effectiveness of a research tool to measure perceptions of stigma by parents living in rural Appalachia regarding the provision of mental health services for children with psychosocial issues.
Author(s): Stacey L. Williams, Jodi Polaha
Citation: Psychological Assessment, 26(3), 763-773
Date: 09/2014
Type: Document
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Spatial, Temporal and Relational Patterns in Respondent-Driven Sampling: Evidence from a Social Network Study of Rural Drug Users
Reports on a study that used respondent-driven sampling (RDS) to recruit participants who were drug users in rural Central Appalachia. Focuses on the patterns of recruitment in this rural setting using RDS, which relies on an initial set of participants who recruit additional participants from their personal networks.
Author(s): April M. Young, Abby E. Rudolph, Deane Quillen, Jennifer R. Havens
Citation: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 68(8), 792-8
Date: 08/2014
Type: Document
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Random Assignment of Schools to Groups in the Drug Resistance Strategies Rural Project: Some New Methodological Twists
Discusses the random assignment procedures used in a school-based intervention study. The study assigned schools to three different groups. Two used different versions of a substance abuse intervention and the third served as a control group. Describes the assignment process used to achieve pretest equivalence among the groups, one factor of which was school rurality.
Author(s): John W. Graham, Jonathan Pettigrew, Michelle Miller-Day, et al.
Citation: Prevention Science, 15(4), 516-525
Date: 08/2014
Type: Document
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Developing an Agenda for Research about Policies to Improve Access to Healthy Foods in Rural Communities: A Concept Mapping Study
Identifies factors in accessing healthy, affordable food in rural areas of the U.S. and outlines a rural food policy research agenda.
Author(s): Donna B. Johnson, Emilee Quinn, Marilyn Sitaker, et al.
Citation: BMC Public Health, 14, 592
Date: 06/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: BioMed Central
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Building Research Partnerships with Community Health Centers: A Toolkit for Academics
Toolkit to help academics and external researchers understand the health center model and its unique structure, including community-based research and participation. Provides guidance to help develop more equitable and sustainable relationships with health centers. Approximately half of all health center patients live in rural areas.
Author(s): Michelle Jester, Michelle Proser, Peter Shin
Date: 05/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
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Building Partnerships in Community-Based Participatory Research: Budgetary and Other Cost Considerations
Explores costs and budget considerations when implementing a community-based participatory research (CBPR) framework to work with communities to reduce health disparities. Analysis can inform budget discussions and assist with planning CBPR project timelines. Table 1 details budget concerns for CBPR project staff and Table 2 lists opportunity costs associated with community partners for a CBPR project.
Author(s): Theresa J. Hoeft, Wylie Burke, Scarlett E. Hopkins, et al.
Citation: Health Promotion Practice, 15(2), 263-270
Date: 03/2014
Type: Document
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Supervision, Support and Mentoring Interventions for Health Practitioners in Rural and Remote Contexts: An Integrative Review and Thematic Synthesis of the Literature to Identify Mechanisms for Successful Outcomes
Reports the results of a literature review examining support strategies for providing rural and remote healthcare. Identifies successful interventions related to management, training, education, professional support, and mentoring. Includes studies focused on the rural U.S. and other countries.
Author(s): Anna M. Moran, Julia Coyle, Rod Pope, et al.
Citation: Human Resources for Health, 12(10)
Date: 02/2014
Type: Document
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Developing Empirically Based, Culturally Grounded Drug Prevention Interventions for Indigenous Youth Populations
Describes the relevance of a culturally grounded approach when developing a drug prevention program for indigenous youth. Includes implications for culturally grounded approaches in behavioral health services and a case example of a drug prevention program for rural Native Hawaiian youth.
Author(s): Scott K. Okamoto, Susana Helm, Suzanne Pel, et al.
Citation: Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 41(1)
Date: 01/2014
Type: Document
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Enhancing Diabetes Self-Care among Rural African Americans with Diabetes
Examines the feasibility of conducting a community-based study evaluating a culturally tailored diabetes self-management education (DSME) program among rural African Americans living in Virginia. Covers outcomes data at baseline, 3-month, and 12-month follow up, including hemoglobin A1C, blood pressure, diet, exercise, diabetes knowledge, medication adherence, and others.
Author(s): Ishan C. Williams, Sharon W. Utz, Ivora Hinton, et al.
Citation: Diabetes Educator, 40(2), 231-239
Date: 2014
Type: Document
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The State of Health Equity Research: Closing Knowledge Gaps to Address Inequities
Reports results of an analysis of health disparities research funded between 2007 and 2011. Finds that certain populations which experience disparities, including rural populations and Native Americans, are underrepresented in the research. Reports on the health conditions most studied and geographic distribution of studies. Describes a trend to more research on solutions rather than just description of health disparities.
Author(s): AAMC Health Equity Research and Policy Staff
Date: 2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: AcademyHealth
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