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How useful are Primary Care Service Areas? Evaluating PCSAs as a tool for measuring Primary Care Practitioner access

Mazumdar, Soumya; Butler, Danielle; Bagheri, Nasser; Konings, Paul; Girosi, Federico; Feng, Xiaoqi; McRae, Ian

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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,...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorMazumdar, Soumya
dc.contributor.authorButler, Danielle
dc.contributor.authorBagheri, Nasser
dc.contributor.authorKonings, Paul
dc.contributor.authorGirosi, Federico
dc.contributor.authorFeng, Xiaoqi
dc.contributor.authorMcRae, Ian
dc.date.accessioned2016-09-07T06:16:50Z
dc.date.available2016-09-07T06:16:50Z
dc.identifier.issn0143-6228
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/108663
dc.description.abstractThe 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.
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.rights© 2016 Elsevier Ltd.
dc.sourceApplied Geography
dc.subjectPrimary Care Service Areas
dc.subjectPostal Areas
dc.subjectComparison
dc.subjectPrimary care providers
dc.subjectGeographical information systems
dc.subjectDoctor supply
dc.titleHow useful are Primary Care Service Areas? Evaluating PCSAs as a tool for measuring Primary Care Practitioner access
dc.typeJournal article
local.identifier.citationvolume72
dc.date.issued2016-07
local.publisher.urlhttp://www.elsevier.com/
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationButler, D., Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute, The Australian National University
local.contributor.affiliationBagheri, N., Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute, The Australian National University
local.contributor.affiliationKonings, P., Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute, The Australian National University
local.contributor.affiliationMcRae, I., Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute, The Australian National University
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage47
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage54
local.identifier.doi10.1016/j.apgeog.2016.05.005
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