Exploring dimensions of access to medical care

Health Serv Res. Spring 1983;18(1):49-74.


This paper examines the dimensions of the access concept with particular attention to the extent to which more parsimonious indicators of access can be developed. This process is especially useful to health policy makers, planners and researchers in need of cost-effective social indicators of access to monitor the need for and impact of innovative health care programs. Three stages of data reduction are used in the analysis, resulting in a reduced set of key indicators of the concept. Implication for subsequent data collection and measurement of access are discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Consumer Behavior
  • Demography
  • Dental Health Services / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Health Services Accessibility*
  • Hospitals / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Insurance, Health
  • Male
  • Personal Health Services / statistics & numerical data*
  • Regression Analysis
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • United States