Rural Health and Wellbeing
The Rural Health and Wellbeing research group carries out innovative research and evaluation in the area of rural health, health services and community wellbeing. The group collaborates with other researchers in Inverness, Moray and Lews Castle Colleges, is part of the Institute of Health Research and Innovation, as well as being a member of the Digital Health Institute and RGU-UHI collaboration.
We aim to contribute to the knowledge base on preventing ill-health and promoting wellbeing. Our research not only enhances understanding of patterns and experiences of health, illness and their underlying drivers, but also contributes to the development of health services policy and delivery that functions in as effective and appropriate ways as possible for staff, patients and families.
We achieve this by addressing real life policy and practice challenges through close collaboration with policy makers, health service staff and communities. Using the humanities and social sciences, our team works with the public and third sectors to engage users and health professionals in services design and evaluation. This has helped us further the understanding of the challenges inherent in health and care service provision in rural areas.
Using applied social science, the unit’s work in digital health focuses on how technology can be used in new ways to deliver health services in rural areas. This involves the design, testing and evaluation of technology to advance understanding of the digital infrastructure, organisational, professional and cultural barriers to the use of technology in rural services.
Key information and contact details:
You can find more information at the Centre webpage
Project Head: Professor Sandra MacRury
Senior Research Fellow in Rural Health: Dr Sarah-Anne Munoz
Centre for Health Science, University of the Highlands and Islands, Rural Health and Wellbeing, Old Perth Road, Raigmore, Inverness, IV2 3JH.