J Agric Med Community Health.  2018 Jun;43(2):74-84. 10.5393/JAMCH.2018.43.2.074.

Comparison of Perceptions of Local Residents and Public Health Center Staffs on the Performance of Medical Service Improvement Plan in Rural Areas

  • 1College of Public health administration, NamSeoul University, Korea.
  • 2College of Nursing, Shinhan University, Korea. hwangri@hanmail.net


The purpose of this study is to compare the perceptions of the rural healthcare service improvement project' performance and reorganization of public health centers between project staffs and local residents.
Data collection from this study was performed in 141 project areas using structured questionnaires. Data analysis was used in SPSS 22.0 version.
The public health center staffs were more positive about the items for improving health facilities than the local residents. Residents in the Si area generally perceived performance as more positive than residents in the Gun area, while public health center staffs in the Gun area perceived performance as more positive than public health center staffs in the Si area. Local residents expressed negative opinions about the reduction in the number of branches of public health clinics and health medical clinics.
In conclusion, careful improvement projects for rural health care and the establishment of health care systems will be necessary, reflecting the opinions of local residents, along with a variety of regional characteristics.


Medical Service Improvement Plan at Rural Areas; Public Health Center; Delivery of Health Care

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Data Collection
Delivery of Health Care
Health Facilities
Public Health*
Rural Health
Statistics as Topic
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