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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/18160

Title: Access to Primary Health Care: Does Neighbourhood of Residence Matter?
Authors: Bissonnette, Laura
Advisor: Wilson, Kathi
Department: Geography
Keywords: geographic information systems
primary health care
access to health care
neighbourhoods and health
health geography
Issue Date: 16-Dec-2009
Abstract: Access to primary health care is an important determinant of health. Within current research there has been limited examination of neighbourhood level variations in access to care, despite knowledge that local contexts shape health. The objective of this research is to examine neighbourhood-level access to primary health care in the city of Mississauga, Ontario. Street address locations of primary care physicians were obtained from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) website and analyzed using geographic information systems (GIS). A 'Three Step Floating Catchment Area' (3SFCA) method was derived and used to measure multiple dimensions of access for the population as a whole, for specific linguistic groups and for recent immigrants. This research identifies significant neighbourhood-level variations in access to care for each dimension of access and population subgroup studied. The research findings contribute to a more nuanced understanding of neighbourhood-level variability in access to health care.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/18160
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