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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/155180
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Using GIS Technology to Understand Mental Health Care Needs in the Community
Abstract:
Using GIS Technology to Understand Mental Health Care Needs in the Community
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2009
Author:Chen, Huey J., PhD, APRN-BC
P.I. Institution Name:Georgia State University
Title:Unmet Service Need in Relation to Trust in Health Care Provider Among Different Racial/Ethnic Groups
[Research Presentation] Purpose: The need to care for the mentally ill has risen nationally over the last decades. According to SAMHSA reports, there were only about half of a million health care professionals to meet the needs of a population almost 400 times the amount. Poverty and geographic locations also contribute to difficulty in accessing health services. The purpose of this study is to explore the availability and geographical distribution of mental health care providers in relation to community socioeconomic conditions in two urban counties in the Atlanta Metropolitan area.    Methods: This study uses various data sources including US census data and provider data sets. The US Census data is used to identify number of individuals in poverty and/or disabled conditions as a proxy for needing mental health care within the tract.  Provider addresses are geocoded to identify the census track information which is used to compute ratio of mental health providers and population in the area and determinate level of accessibility to mental health services.  Additionally, GIS technology is used to visually display the map of the geographical distribution of disabled population and mental health providers. Results: Mental health providers are more likely to locate in those tracts with lower poverty rates (p <.01).  Individuals with mental disabilities are more likely to reside in areas with high poverty rates. Individuals with mental disabilities are also more likely to reside in areas with low provider to population ratio (r=-.155, p < .01)Conclusion: Results of this study can provide insight for health administrators, health policymakers to determine the needs of attracting and recruiting qualified mental health care providers for the shortage areas, and for health educators to rethink about expanding the education programs to recruit and produce more mental health care providers based on the community needs.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleUsing GIS Technology to Understand Mental Health Care Needs in the Communityen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/155180-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Using GIS Technology to Understand Mental Health Care Needs in the Community</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2009</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Chen, Huey J., PhD, APRN-BC</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Georgia State University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Unmet Service Need in Relation to Trust in Health Care Provider Among Different Racial/Ethnic Groups</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">hchen17@gsu.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Research Presentation] Purpose: The need to care for the mentally ill has risen nationally over the last decades. According to SAMHSA reports, there were only about half of a million health care professionals to meet the needs of a population almost 400 times the amount. Poverty and geographic locations also contribute to difficulty in accessing health services.&nbsp;The purpose of this study is to explore the availability and geographical distribution of mental health care providers in relation to community socioeconomic conditions in two urban counties in the Atlanta Metropolitan area. &nbsp;&nbsp; Methods: This study uses various data sources including US census data and provider data sets. The US Census data is used to identify number of individuals in poverty and/or disabled conditions as a proxy for needing mental health care within the tract. &nbsp;Provider addresses are geocoded to identify the census track information which is used to compute ratio of mental health providers and population in the area and determinate level of accessibility to mental health services. &nbsp;Additionally, GIS technology is used to visually display the map of the geographical distribution of disabled population and mental health providers. Results: Mental health providers are more likely to locate in those tracts with lower poverty rates (p &lt;.01). &nbsp;Individuals with mental disabilities are more likely to reside in areas with high poverty rates. Individuals with mental disabilities are also more likely to reside in areas with low provider to population ratio (r=-.155, p &lt; .01)Conclusion: Results of this study can provide insight for health administrators, health policymakers to determine the needs of attracting and recruiting qualified mental health care providers for the shortage areas, and for health educators to rethink about expanding the education programs to recruit and produce more mental health care providers based on the community needs.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T13:36:39Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T13:36:39Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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