Geographical Access of Elderly to Health Care Centers during a 20 Years Period (1996-2016): a Case Study of Kermanshah , Iran [post]

2020 unpublished
Identifying the spatial distribution of Health Care Centers (HCC) and equitable access for all members of society (especially the elderly), can be effective in health policy making. This study aimed to determine the geographical accessibility of elderly to HCC in Kermanshah metropolis during a 20 year period . Methods This was a cross-sectional applied study. The statistical population included all elderly people in Kermanshah metropolis (65 years and above). The data of this study included
more » ... study included statistical blocks and locations of Health Centers of Kermanshah during 1996 to 2016. After data collection through the Iranian Statistical Center and Kermanshah Health Center, digitization of HCC and urban roads network was done in Geographic Information System (GIS). In addition, the walking of 12.30 minutes was determined as access time for the elderly, and the number of elderly with appropriate and inappropriate access was determined using the Network Analysis tool. Finally, the Standard Deviation Ellipse (SDE) model was used for spatial analysis of HCC and the distribution of the elderly population.
doi:10.21203/rs.2.20302/v1 fatcat:da2wiv7mu5colbr24aped7bxzu