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Regional South Australia Health (RESONATE) survey: study protocol
  1. Matthew J Leach1,
  2. Martin Jones2,
  3. Marianne Gillam1,
  4. Esther May3
  1. 1 Department of Rural Health, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  2. 2 Department of Rural Health, University of South Australia, Whyalla Norrie, South Australia, Australia
  3. 3 Division of Health Sciences, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Matthew J Leach; matthew.leach{at}


Introduction Access to quality healthcare services is considered a moral right. However, for people living in regional locations, timely access to the services that they need may not always be possible because of structural and attitudinal barriers. This suggests that people living in regional areas may have unmet healthcare needs. The aim of this research will be to examine the healthcare needs, expectations and experiences of regional South Australians.

Methods and analysis The Regional South Australia Health (RESONATE) survey is a cross-sectional study of adult health consumers living in any private or non-private dwelling, in any regional, rural, remote or very remote area of South Australia and with an understanding of written English. Data will be collected using a 45-item, multidimensional, self-administered instrument, designed to measure healthcare need, barriers to healthcare access and health service utilisation, attitudes, experiences and satisfaction. The instrument has demonstrated acceptable psychometric properties, including good content validity and internal reliability, good test–retest reliability and a high level of acceptability. The survey will be administered online and in hard-copy, with at least 1832 survey participants to be recruited over a 12-month period, using a comprehensive, multimodal recruitment campaign.

Ethics and dissemination The study has been reviewed and approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of the University of South Australia. The results will be actively disseminated through peer-reviewed journals, conference presentations, social media, broadcast media, print media, the internet and various community/stakeholder engagement activities.

  • experience
  • expectation
  • health
  • protocol
  • needs
  • regional
  • rural
  • survey

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  • Contributors MJL conceptualised the project and drafted the manuscript. MJ, MG and EM reviewed and edited the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

  • Funding This research will be supported by infrastructure provided by the Department of Rural Health, University of South Australia.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Not required.

  • Ethics approval The study was approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of the University of South Australia (Protocol ID: 0000034611). Participants will be informed about the study via the survey cover sheet and project website. Informed consent will be implied through completion of the survey.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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