Geographic Methods for Health Services Research: A Focus on the Rural-Urban Continuum

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Overview

This book is intended to demonstrate the application of analytic geography and cartographic techniques in health services research. Applications of these methods in identifying the problems encountered in the analysis and distribution of disease, various health indicators, and health care resources are depicted and interpreted. Contents: Introduction; A Focus on Rural and Regional Health Care Delivery; Point of Departure: Population Density and Research; Changes and Measures in the Crucial Dimension of Population; Point of Departure: Data Sources for Health Services Research; Access to Health Services; Point of Departure: Access and Cartography; Health Professions Distributions; Point of Departure: Community-Based Measures of Underservice; Point of Departure: Tracking Doctors into the Twenty-First Century; Regionalization of Health Care; Point of Departure: Rural Places and Regionalization; Point of Departure: Geographic Information Systems (GIS); Methods for Defining Medical Service Areas; Point of Departure: Hospital Closure and Access to Hospital Services; Contagious Diseases; Point of Departure: Adjustment of Tuberculosis Incidence Rates; Evaluating Clusters of Adverse Health Outcomes; Point of Departure: State Cancer Control Map and Data Program Analysis; Technical Notes; Glossary of Technical Terms; References; Index.
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Health and Place
...a good starting point for health care planners and professionals who would like to become more familiar with basic geographic methods and their usefulness in adding a spatial perspective to health care.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819195326
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 12/30/2001
  • Pages: 396
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas C. Ricketts is Director of the North Carolina Rural Health Research Program at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Service Research. He is also an Assistant Professor at the Department of Health Policy & Administration, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Social Medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill. Lucy A. Savitz is a Doctoral Candidate at the Department of Health Policy and Administration at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Wilbert M. Gesler is an Associate Professor of Geography at the same university.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 A Focus on Rural and Regional Health Care Delivery 11
Point of Departure: Population Density and Research 39
Ch. 3 Changes and Measures in the Crucial Dimension of Population 49
Point of Departure: Data Sources for Health Services Research 81
Ch. 4 Access to Health Services 91
Point of Departure: Access and Cartography 113
Ch. 5 Health Professions Distributions 121
Point of Departure: Community-Based Measures of Underservice 159
Point of Departure: Tracking Doctors into the Twenty-First Century 167
Ch. 6 Regionalization of Health Care 173
Point of Departure: Rural Places and Regionalization 197
Point of Departure: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 201
Ch. 7 Methods for Defining Medical Service Areas 207
Point of Departure: Hospital Closure and Access to Hospital Services 233
Ch. 8 Contagious Diseases 241
Point of Departure: Adjustment of Tuberculosis Incidence Rates 267
Ch. 9 Evaluating Clusters of Adverse Health Outcomes 277
Point of Departure: State Cancer Control Map and Data Program Analyses 303
Technical Notes 311
Glossary of Technical Terms 317
References 327
Index 359
About the Contributors 373
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