Spatial Accessibility to Primary Care and Physician Shortage Area Designation: A Case Study in Illinois with GIS Approaches

Spatial Accessibility to Primary Care and Physician Shortage Area Designation: A Case Study in Illinois with GIS Approaches

Wei Luo (Northern Illinois University, USA) and Fahui Wang (Northern Illinois University, USA)
Copyright: © 2003 |Pages: 19
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-042-4.ch015
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Abstract

This chapter introduces two new GIS-supported methods of measuring accessibility to primary healthcare. The improved floating catchment method defines the service area of physicians by a threshold travel time while accounting for the availability of physicians. The gravity-based accessibility method considers two factors: travel times from service providers (a nearby supply is more accessible than a remote one) and competition intensity by residents for such a service (measured by gravity-based potential). The methods are applied to examining accessibility to primary care in the northern Illinois region in 1990 and 2000. The GIS-based methods may be used to help the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and state health departments define health professional shortage areas.

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