Rural Caregiving in the United States

Research, Practice, Policy

  • Ronda C. Talley
  • Kathleen Chwalisz
  • Kathleen C. Buckwalter

Part of the Caregiving: Research, Practice, Policy book series (CARE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Kathleen Chwalisz, Kathleen C. Buckwalter, Ronda C. Talley
    Pages 1-16
  3. Caregiving Populations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Linda Lindsey Davis, Catherine Lynch Gilliss, Mary Starke Harper
      Pages 19-31
    3. Kathleen C. Buckwalter, Linda L. Davis
      Pages 33-46
    4. Susan K. Walker, Kathy L. Reschke
      Pages 47-65
  4. Practice and Research Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Tawanda M. Greer
      Pages 69-84
    3. Martin Morthland, Forrest Scogin
      Pages 85-102
    4. R. Turner Goins, S. Melinda Spencer, Joshua C. Byrd
      Pages 103-130
  5. Healthcare System Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Patricia A. Calico
      Pages 133-160
    3. Peter Yellowlees, Thomas Nesbitt, Stacey Cole
      Pages 161-177
  6. Assistance Strategies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. Kathleen Chwalisz, Stephanie M. Clancy Dollinger, Erin O’Neill Zerth, Vivian L. Tamkin
      Pages 181-196
    3. Maria Greene, Molly M. Perkins, Kathy Scott, Cliff Burt
      Pages 213-231
    4. Ronda C. Talley, Kathleen Chwalisz, Kathleen C. Buckwalter
      Pages 233-267
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 269-276

About this book


Caregivers living in rural areas face daunting obstacles. In addition to the isolation and anxiety that many caregivers across the country experience, rural caregivers must also cope with limited access to uncoordinated resources and severe shortages of trained professionals. Although many research, policy, and practice upgrades have been made in response to caregivers’ general concerns, the specific problems facing the rural caregiver have been less frequently addressed.

Focusing on what is known as well as what is needed – and zeroing in on major subgroups within this diverse population – Rural Caregiving in the United States replaces misconceptions of the nonurban experience with real-life issues, findings, and solutions. For example, this pioneering volume:

  • Covers a broad range of issues unique to rural caregiving, including research, education/training, policy, and practice.
  • Identifies specific needs related to education, training, and support for rural caregivers.
  • Examines both the positive and negative effects of rural living on caregivers as well as patients.
  • Discusses the importance of in-home care in lieu of scarcer forms of for-profit care (e.g., hospitals).
  • Addresses not only discrepancies between rural and urban health care systems but racial and ethnic disparities within rural health care.
  • Explores the advantages of using information technology to address rural health care limitations.  

Rural Caregiving in the United States offers uniquely knowledgeable perspectives to researchers, practitioners, and graduate students in the caregiving fields, including psychology, social work, nursing, gerontology and geriatrics, medicine, public health, public policy, and educational policy.


AARP Caregiver Caregiving Child care Culture Elder care Ethnicity Family members Family support Health care Mental health care NAC NIH Rosalynn Carter Institute Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving Rural care networks Rural caregiving Telemedicine

Editors and affiliations

  • Ronda C. Talley
    • 1
  • Kathleen Chwalisz
    • 2
  • Kathleen C. Buckwalter
    • 3
  1. 1.Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education CompleWestern Kentucky UniversityBowling GreenUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologySouthern Illinois UniversityCarbondaleUSA
  3. 3.College of NursingUniversity of IowaIowa CityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-0301-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-0302-9
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