Spatial Analysis and Mathematics in Health Research: How
Science Journal of Public Health
Volume 3, Issue 3-1, May 2015, Pages: 4-9
Received: Mar. 27, 2015; Accepted: Mar. 27, 2015; Published: Apr. 10, 2015
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Sifaki-Pistolla Dimitra, Epidemiology researcher, GISanalyst, Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete, Iraklion, Crete
Pistolla Georgia, Mathematician, University of Crete, Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete, Iraklion, Crete
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Abstract
Background: There is an open discussion on how the Geographical Information Systems (GIS) or mathematical models could offer a new perspective on health research and positive health outcomes. The present study is a literature review that aims to explore and identify several GIS and IT applications (spatial or mathematical oriented) in health research, clinical practice, public health and police making. Methods: The review was conducted in two different literature database (PubMed, The Cochrane Library and in grey literature via internet (Google). Results: Several applications were identified and selected examples are presented in this article. Their positive (current or expected) impact on health outcomes, health research and public health strategies is discussed. Conclusions: Such applications could empower positive health outcomes and promote healthy ageing, quality of life and wellbeing, develop networks of active citizens and multi-sector professionals.
Keywords
GIS Applications, Literature Review, Healthcare, Medicine, Epidemiology, Integration, Continuity
To cite this article
Sifaki-Pistolla Dimitra, Pistolla Georgia, Spatial Analysis and Mathematics in Health Research: How, Science Journal of Public Health. Special Issue: Spatial Analysis and Mathematics in Health Research, During Times of Global Socio-Economic Instability. Vol. 3, No. 3-1, 2015, pp. 4-9. doi: 10.11648/j.sjph.s.2015030301.12
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