Spatial analysis of physicians' offices with respect to population and hospital beds in Istanbul

Dokmeci V.

EUROPEAN PLANNING STUDIES, vol.10, no.3, pp.405-412, 2002 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 10 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/09654310220121121
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.405-412
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: No


Maldistribution of medical staff is a subject of criticism in many developing countries. This paper investigates the spatial distribution of physician's offices with respect to population and hospital beds in Istanbul. The spatial distribution of physicians' offices is investigated with respect to socio-economic and locational characteristics of the districts. The results show that only a few districts from an amazing, growth in the concentration of physicians' offices while the periphery of the city, where mostly low-income people live, has a lower physician/population ratio than the metropolitan average. In addition, the spatial distribution of physicians offices with respect to population and hospital beds is investigated by the use of regression analysis within lime. According to the results, while there was some relationship between the physicians' offices and the hospital beds in the 1980s, there was no relationship with population or hospital bed distribution in the 1990s. Increasing the number of factors which affect the distribution of physicians and testing the model in other metropolitan areas in order to obtain more general results are suggested for further research.