School of Primary, Aboriginal and Rural Health Care

Postgraduate research profiles

Mei Ruu Kok

Thesis

Re-envisioning geo-visualisation of health service utilisation: practical tools for practitioners

Summary

Place is an important factor to health as it can reveal patterns of disease spread and clustering, associations with risk factors, and areas with greatest need for, or least access to healthcare services and promotion activities. A key challenge is to effectively communicate these results to decision makers who have variable levels of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) knowledge. Disease prevalence and hospital demand can be spatially analysed to provide support for service implementation and health care planning since these variables often display geographic variation. However, visualisation is often constrained in standard ‘static’ maps. Such static maps do not allow for changing patterns in hospital demand over time to be examined, nor for the linkage of demand source (residence) and target (hospital) to be readily visualised.

Therefore, the aim of this research is to exploit current advances in data visualisation technology to improve the analysis of health service utilisation data that supports the ability of decision makers and service teams within health care settings.

Why my research is important

The aim of this research is to explore current advances in data visualisation technology to improve the analysis of health service utilisation data to support decision making and equitable health care service provision.

Specifically, the research will address the following questions:

i. What are the predictors of health service demand?

ii. What is the distribution of healthcare service demand in the community?

iii. How to identify the changing patterns and movements in individuals switching between multiple services in different areas over time?

iv. What tools are most appropriate for examining the multidimensional spatial-temporal dynamic of health care delivery and use


 

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