Analysing spatially referenced public health data: a comparison of three methodological approaches

Dunn, C., Kingham, S., Rowlingson, B., Bhopal, R., Cockings, S., Foy, C., Acquilla, S., Halpin, J., Diggle, P. and Walker, D. (2001) Analysing spatially referenced public health data: a comparison of three methodological approaches. Health & Place, 7, (1), 1-12. (doi:10.1016/S1353-8292(00)00033-2).


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In the analysis of spatially referenced public health data, members of different disciplinary groups (geographers, epidemiologists and statisticians) tend to select different methodological approaches, usually those with which they are already familiar. This paper compares three such approaches in terms of their relative value and results. A single public health dataset, derived from a community survey, is analysed by using ‘traditional’ epidemiological methods, GIS and point pattern analysis. Since they adopt different ‘models’ for addressing the same research question, the three approaches produce some variation in the results for specific health-related variables. Taken overall, however, the results complement, rather than con or duplicate each other.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/S1353-8292(00)00033-2
ISSNs: 1353-8292 (print)
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Keywords: public health data, epidemiology, GIS, point pattern analysis tradict
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4450 Databases
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Geography > Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis
ePrint ID: 16129
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
March 2001Published
12 September 1999Submitted
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2005
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 11:30

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