|کد مقاله||کد نشریه||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||نسخه تمام متن|
|83141||158689||2016||8 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||دانلود کنید|
• This paper is the first attempt to test the robustness of Primary Care Service Areas.
• Australian Primary Care Service Areas are significantly better than Postal Areas.
• There is some heterogeneity in the ability of Primary Care Service Areas to measure relationships.
The appropriate delivery of primary care services, an important policy imperative in many developed nations, is contingent on defining appropriate geographies to which these services are delivered. Primary Care Service Area (PCSA) geographies have been created in some countries to facilitate primary care policy making and have been utilized in a large body of research. In spite of their extensive use across rural and urban settings, the usefulness of PCSAs has not been evaluated. In this study, for the first time we put PCSAs to the test by comparing them to another small area geography - Postal Areas, and by exploring their usefulness in measuring relationships between Primary Care Practitioner supply and use. We find while PCSAs are better than Postal Areas in measuring relationships between General Practitioner supply and visits by patients, this relationship shows some heterogeneity across areas.
Journal: Applied Geography - Volume 72, July 2016, Pages 47–54