Forty-six million Americans, or 15 percent of the population, live in rural areas and often have difficulty obtaining needed healthcare services. Remote location, coupled with economic, cultural, educational, and social factors, combine to create a range of health challenges for these populations. For example, rural residents experience higher rates of chronic diseases and disability and death from injuries than residents of cities and suburbs.

PCORI is addressing these issues by funding research that seeks to improve care and outcomes among rural populations, focusing both on residents of rural areas and the conditions that impose greater burdens on them than others.

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Health Conditions Health Conditions These are the broad terms we use to categorize our funded research studies; specific diseases or conditions are included within the appropriate larger category. Note: not all of our funded projects focus on a single disease or condition; some touch on multiple diseases or conditions, research methods, or broader health system interventions. Such projects won’t be listed by a primary disease/condition and so won’t appear if you use this filter tool to find them. View Glossary
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Populations Populations PCORI is interested in research that seeks to better understand how different clinical and health system options work for different people. These populations are frequently studied in our portfolio or identified as being of interest by our stakeholders. View Glossary
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