The Centre for Rural Health is the only research centre of its kind in the UK and was formed from the previously established Highlands and Islands Health Research Institute (HIHRI) which was set up in 2000. HIHRI was the first healthcare research institute in the Highlands and Islands. From 2005 to 2014 CRH operated as a collaborative venture between the University of Aberdeen and the University of the Highlands and Islands.  CRH is now solely the University of Aberdeen as UHI have set up their own department of Rural Health and Wellbeing.

The CRH mission is to advance knowledge of health and health services in rural and remote communities. Those communities currently face a number of important challenges, including changes in demography; changes in the nature of health care provision; and increased expectations of the community.

Three themes of research:

  1. Development & evaluation of complex interventions
  2. Use of technology
  3. Child health and development

Staff at CRH have expertise in: evaluation of health care delivery; rural health care policy and management; epidemiology; clinical trials; public health; systematic reviews; data linkage studies; qualitative research; research costing and administration

Some research projects at the Centre for Rural Health include:

  • MIME: Managing Information in Medical Emergencies - Phase 2
  • SatCare: Demonstration Project - Remotely supported ultrasound for rural ambulances
  • eHealth services for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (eCAP)
  • Assessing and supporting transcranial ultrasound scanning (dstl)

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