GIS BASED EVALUATION OF HEALTH SERVICES IN TURKEY


Doğru A. Ö. , Arslan T., Uluğtekin N. N. , Şeker D. Z.

FRESENIUS ENVIRONMENTAL BULLETIN, vol.28, no.2, pp.548-553, 2019 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 28 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.envres.2019.108753
  • Title of Journal : FRESENIUS ENVIRONMENTAL BULLETIN
  • Page Numbers: pp.548-553

Abstract

This study aimed at introducing the efficiency of the health services in Turkey by providing province-based analysis using Geographic Information System (GIS) technology. In this context, quantitative data, derived from official health reports published by Turkish Ministry of Health, for the years 2001, 2007 and 2015, were evaluated. Stated data included indicators of the delivery of health services as number of hospitals (private and state hospitals) and their bed capacity, number of the employee in charge (specialist and practicing physicians and allied health personnel). Additionally, infant and child mortality data was considered as criteria for evaluating the efficiency of the health services by province. Thematic maps presenting spatial distribution and density of the provided services were produced through GIS and these maps were interpreted in order to evaluate the efficiency of health services. This study resulted that, as expected, the health services are in better conditions at the central and western regions of Turkey with respect to eastern regions. Compatibly, infant mortality rate was also increased in the eastern regions during the study period. Province based results of the study may be considered as an input for further studies to be applied in order to improve the quality and quantity of the health services in Turkey for providing health services to all citizens on an equal basis.