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Family practice residents/graduate social work students collaboration in rural primary health care: Arkansas experiences.

Sanders CN; Lindsey JA
Proceedings of the VII International Congress of Rural Medicine, September 17-21, Salt Lake City, Utah. International Association of Agricultural Medicine, 1978 Sep; :333-337
An interdisciplinary program for providing rural primary health care in Arkansas was discussed. The program involved collaboration between resident doctors and allied health care personnel and graduate students in social work in the Family Practice Residency Program of the Area Health Education Center, Pine Bluff, Arkansas. The concept of an Area Health Education Center was initiated by a report written in 1970 by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education and its goal was to counteract the deficiency of physicians and medical facilities in the rural setting. It was surmised that if satellite educational programs could be located in areas of need the students/residents and communities could both benefit. The Area Health Education Center was operated by the University of Arkansas School for Medical Sciences. The Family Practice Residency Program was a three year program for training health care personnel and social workers in family medical practice. It also provided primary health care to a county with approximately 85,000 residents living mostly in small towns with populations of 1000 or less. Some of the experiences gained during the two years that program has operated were highlighted. The authors suggest that training social work students and family practice residents in the same setting is a valuable experience because it establishes bonds that will carry over into the private sector of medical practice. Incorporating social workers into the primary health care system is a viable alternative method for increasing the numbers of active health care professionals in rural areas.
NIOSH-Grant; Grants-other; Health-care-facilities; Sociology; Agricultural-workers; Health-care-personnel; Educational-resource-centers; Medical-treatment; Physicians
Prev Med & Environmental Hlth University of Iowa Inst/agric Med & Environ Hlth Iowa Oakdale, Iowa 52319
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Proceedings of the VII International Congress of Rural Medicine, September 17-21, Salt Lake City, Utah
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University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
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