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Rating access to health care : are there differences according to geographical region?

Hausdorf, Katrin, Rogers, Carla M., Whiteman, David C., Newman, Beth M., Coxeter, Peter D., Youl, Philippa H., & Aitken, Joanne F. (2008) Rating access to health care : are there differences according to geographical region? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 32(3), pp. 246-249.

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Abstract

Objective: To report on satisfaction with access to health care in Queensland focussing on regional differences.-----

Methods: A sub-sample of 4440 respondents with no history of cancer from the Queensland Cancer Risk Study who completed a self-administered questionnaire was used for this study.-----

Main outcome measures: Perceptions of overall difficulty gaining access to health care and ratings of access to various health care services by region.-----

Results: Queenslanders living outside major cities reported less satisfaction with access to various aspects of health care services. Age was associated with more favourable ratings of health care access.-----

Conclusions: Despite public health efforts to increase service provision throughout Queensland, health care access is still rated relatively less favourably by Queenslanders in regional and remote parts of the state.-----

Implications: Identifying which services are difficult to access and why will assist public health policy makers in improving health service accessibility.

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ID Code: 18553
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Health services accessibility, Healthcare disparities, Rural health services, Geography
DOI: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2008.00223.x
ISSN: 1326-0200
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified (111799)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Epidemiology (111706)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Health and Community Services (111708)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Deposited On: 06 May 2009 07:35
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:49

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