The usability of open source tools to measure access to health services; analysing mobile cancer unit location

Richard Williams, Gary Higgs, Mitchel Langford

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    Abstract

    A large body of literature supports the use of two-step floating catchment area (2SFCA) methods in measuring healthcare accessibility. Although there are many studies that utilise these tools it is difficult for the non-expert to be able to perform these calculations, and as such there is a need for free and open source software (FOSS) solutions. This paper describes usability issues surrounding the development of such open source tools and their application in a number of different policy scenarios. Applied to data concerning the provision of static and mobile cancer services in Wales, these tools are used to test the suitability of alternative locations for the provision of such services in relation to the potential demand for cancer services
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the GIS Research UK conference April 2019
    PublisherUniversity of Newcastle
    Pages1-7
    Number of pages7
    Publication statusPublished - 26 Apr 2019
    Event27th Annual GIScience Research UK Conference 2019: From Data to Decisions - Newcastle University , Newcastle, United Kingdom
    Duration: 23 Apr 201926 Apr 2019

    Conference

    Conference27th Annual GIScience Research UK Conference 2019
    Abbreviated titleGISRUK2019
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    CityNewcastle
    Period23/04/1926/04/19

    Keywords

    • Open Source
    • Healthcare Accessibility
    • Two Step Floating Catchment Area (2SFCA)
    • Cancer Services
    • Optimisation of health services

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