The Influence of Visiting Consultant Clinics on Measures of Access to Cancer Care: Evidence from the State of Iowa
Article first published online: 11 MAR 2013
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Health Services Research
Volume 48, Issue 5, pages 1719–1729, October 2013
How to Cite
Tracy, R., Nam, I. and Gruca, T. S. (2013), The Influence of Visiting Consultant Clinics on Measures of Access to Cancer Care: Evidence from the State of Iowa. Health Services Research, 48: 1719–1729. doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.12050
- Issue published online: 16 SEP 2013
- Article first published online: 11 MAR 2013
- medical oncologists
To determine the effect of visiting consultant clinics on measures of access to cancer care for rural patients.
2010 Visiting Medical Consultant Database for the state of Iowa (Carver College of Medicine) and the Iowa Physicians Information System (Carver College of Medicine).
We compared shortest driving times to the nearest medical oncologist for all Iowa census tracts under two scenarios: including only primary practice locations and adding monthly visiting consultant clinic locations.
For rural Iowans, the median driving time to the closest site for medical oncology care falls from 51.6 to 19.2 minutes when monthly visiting consultant clinics are considered.
Including visiting consultant clinics has a significant impact on measures of geographic access to cancer care.