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Using geographical information systems to analyse accessibility to health services in the West Bank, Occupied Palestinian Territory

Eklund, Lina LU and Mårtensson, Ulrik LU (2012) In Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal/ La Revue de Santé de la Méditerranée orientale 18(8). p.796-802
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Accessibility to adequate health services is a basic human right. Israeli road blocks and checkpoints inhibit access to health care for the Palestinian population. While other studies have dealt with the impact of the barriers, few are based on actual measurements of transport times between locations. Geographical information systems (GIS) and network analysis were used to generate different estimations of accessibility based on the existing road network and transport barriers. The population negatively affected were mainly people living outside urban centres and in governorates with no general hospital. Quantitative measurements using GIS can be used to confirm qualitative studies based on... (More)
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Accessibility to adequate health services is a basic human right. Israeli road blocks and checkpoints inhibit access to health care for the Palestinian population. While other studies have dealt with the impact of the barriers, few are based on actual measurements of transport times between locations. Geographical information systems (GIS) and network analysis were used to generate different estimations of accessibility based on the existing road network and transport barriers. The population negatively affected were mainly people living outside urban centres and in governorates with no general hospital. Quantitative measurements using GIS can be used to confirm qualitative studies based on interviews and questionnaires and improve the understanding of the results. Working with a spatial analysis tool also helps to pinpoint weaknesses in the current infrastructure, thus improving the efficiency of future investments to improve health care in the West Bank. (Less)
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Accessibility, Health Care, Geographical Information Systems, Occupied Palestinian Territory
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Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal/ La Revue de Santé de la Méditerranée orientale
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World Health Organization Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean
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  title        = {Using geographical information systems to analyse accessibility to health services in the West Bank, Occupied Palestinian Territory},
  volume       = {18},
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