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by Dr Laura
Last updated: January 2018
What is meant
by the term 'rural'? Can living in the countryside have
an effect on mental health? In people with mental illness, what are
the differences between those living in rural and urban
A significant proportion of the UK
population is rural, and there is now a reasonable body of
epidemiological research comparing the prevalence of mental illness
in rural and urban areas. This is influenced by demographic
factors, as well as by other factors such as access,
social exclusion and rural deprivation.
An awareness of these factors is useful when
dealing with patients who live in more or less rural areas.
It can also help us to gain a more in-depth view of
psychiatry across the UK.
Providing the background for
Rural mental health: Part 2 – improving mental health
services, this first module draws from current
research on rural mental health to illustrate the complexity and
importance of the rural setting and its relevance to psychiatry as
Start the module
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