A framework for the study of access to medical care

Health Serv Res. 1974 Fall;9(3):208-20.


Definitions and aspects of the concept of access to medical care are reviewed and integrated into a framework that views health policy as designed to affect characteristics of the health care delivery system and of the population at risk in order to bring about changes in the utilization of health care services and in the satisfaction of consumers with those services. Indicators are suggested for the measurement of the various relevant aspects of access, with the system and population descriptors seen as process indicators and utilization and satisfaction as outcome indicators in a theoretical model of the access concept.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude to Health
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Delivery of Health Care*
  • Demography
  • Dentists / statistics & numerical data
  • Health Facilities
  • Health Services / statistics & numerical data*
  • Health Workforce
  • Hospitals / statistics & numerical data
  • Models, Theoretical
  • Organization and Administration
  • Physicians / statistics & numerical data
  • Population
  • Socioeconomic Factors