A colleague paramedic ( Buck Reed ) has just published a paper about rural people and use of the ambulance…. his research showed that rural people are less likely than urban people to call the ambulance… there is a disparity between urban and rural… why might that be? stoic? cost? rural people help other rural people in need more readily? rural people don’t know when it is appropriate to use the ambulance? stigma?…. I am wondering why there is a gap!!!! Thanks Buck for the heads up on the gap…. and for helping us understand rural health needs better!
Here’s his paper: http://ajp.paramedics.org/index.php/ajp/article/view/142/241