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Georgia Southern Examines Perceived Burden

A study including Dr. Yelena Tarasenko, assistant professor of health policy and management at Georgia Southern University Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, examines “The Relationship Between Perceived Burden of Chronic Conditions and Colorectal Cancer Screening Among Appalachian Residents.” As the population living with several concurrent chronic conditions or multiple morbidity (MM) increases, understanding how to effectively fit prevention efforts into disease management becomes more important, particularly among rural, underserved populations. Compared to their urban counterparts, rural residents suffer higher rates of disease, receive fewer preventive services, and often live in environments limiting access to optimal medical care. This study describes rural residents’ perceived burdens of disease management and explores the relationship between these burdens, as proxies of individuals’ competing demands, and colorectal cancer screening (CRCS).