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International Journal of Health Geographics

, 1:3

First Online: 12 November 2002Received: 20 August 2002Accepted: 12 November 2002DOI: 10.1186-1476-072X-1-3

Cite this article as: Brabyn, L. & Skelly, C. Int J Health Geogr 2002 1: 3. doi:10.1186-1476-072X-1-3


This paper demonstrates a method for estimating the geographical accessibility of public hospitals. Cost path analysis was used to determine the minimum travel time and distance to the closest hospital via a road network. This analysis was applied to 38,000 census enumeration district centroids in New Zealand allowing geographical access to be linked to local populations. Average time and distance statistics have been calculated for local populations by modeling the total travel of a population if everybody visited a hospital once. These types of statistics can be generated for different population groups and enable comparisons to be made between regions. This study has shown that the northern and southern parts of New Zealand have high average travel times to hospital services.

Keywordshospital access network analysis geographical information systems Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1476-072X-1-3 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Autor: Lars Brabyn - Chris Skelly


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