Date of Award

Fall 1979

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Nursing

Abstract

The sample population residing in a rural area of Wisconsin consisted of 27 households composed of 57 adults, aged 18 to 87 years. The sample responded to an interview questionnaire concerned with the prevalence of chronic illness, health beliefs, perceived usefulness of various health services along with demographic variables. An exploratory, descriptive analysis was done to explore ways in which professional nursing could help improve this populations' health care. The results indicate that the nursing service, in meeting this populations' health concerns, would have the following characteristics: pain and energy resource management skills, geriatric focus, mutual cooperation with physicians, consumer-directed health education, and outside financial support.

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