Hospital distribution in a metropolitan city: assessment by a geographic information system grid modelling approach

Lee, Kwang-Soo and Moon, Kyeong-Jun (2014) Hospital distribution in a metropolitan city: assessment by a geographic information system grid modelling approach. Geospatial Health, 8 (2). pp. 537-544. ISSN 1970-7096

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Grid models were used to assess urban hospital distribution in Seoul, the capital of South Korea. A geographical information system (GIS) based analytical model was developed and applied to assess the situation in a metropolitan area with a population exceeding 10 million. Secondary data for this analysis were obtained from multiple sources: the Korean Statistical Information Service, the Korean Hospital Association and the Statistical Geographical Information System. A grid of cells measuring 1 × 1 km was superimposed on the city map and a set of variables related to population, economy, mobility and housing were identified and measured for each cell. Socio-demographic variables were included to reflect the characteristics of each area. Analytical models were then developed using GIS software with the number of hospitals as the dependent variable. Applying multiple linear regression and geographically weighted regression models, three factors (highway and major arterial road areas; number of subway entrances; and row house areas) were statistically significant in explaining the variance of hospital distribution for each cell. The overall results show that GIS is a useful tool for analysing and understanding location strategies. This approach appears a useful source of information for decision-makers concerned with the distribution of hospitals and other health care centres in a city

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hospital, health care, geographical information system, grid method, strategy, location, South Korea
Subjects: 300 Scienze sociali > 360 Problemi e servizi sociali; associazioni > 362 Problemi e servizi di assistenza sociale (Classificare qui la sicurezza sociale) > 362.1 Malattie fisiche (Classificare qui le opere interdisciplinari su malattie e menomazioni, su cura e trattamento sanitario, sulle missioni mediche, sulla sanità pubblica)
Depositing User: Chiara D'Arpa
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2014 15:11
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2014 15:11

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