GIS Recommended Reading

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GIS Recommended Reading

Background of GIS use in Primary Care

Guagliardo MF. Spatial accessibility of primary care: concepts, methods and challenges. Int J Health Geogr. 2004 Feb 26;3(1):3. Click here to access

Phillips RL, Bazemore AW, Miyoshi TJ. "Mapping tools for monitoring the safety net". Chapter in Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality(AHRQ) Publication: Tools for Monitoring the Safety Net, September 2003. Click here to access

Bazemore AW, Phillips RL, Miyoshi, TJ. "Using geographic information systems to define health care access in an urban community health center network". ESRI Health GIS Conference Proceedings May 2003. Click here to access

Wennberg JE, Cooper MM, eds. The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care in the United States 1998. Hanover, NH: Dartmouth Medical School, Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences; 2000:1-13. Click here to access

Farley ES Jr, Boisseau V, Froom J. An integrated medical record and data system for primary care, V: implications of filing family folders by area of residence. J Fam Pract. 1977;5:427-432. Click here to access

Fryer GE Jr, Drisko J, Krugman RD, et al. Multi-method assessment of access to primary medical care in rural Colorado. J Rural Health. 1999;15:113-121. Click here to access

Andersen R, Aday LA. Access to medical care in the US: realized and potential. Med Care. 1978;16:533-546. Click here to access

Ricketts TC, Savitz LA, Gesler WM. Using geographic methods to understand health issues. Rockville, Md. US Agency for Health Care Policy and Research; 1997. Click here to access. Accessed March 15, 2000.

Phillips R, Kinman E, Schnitzer P, Lindbloom E, Ewigman B. Using Geographic Information Systems to understand health care access. Archives of Family Medicine. 2000;9(10). Click here to access PubMed

Mullan F, Phillips RL Jr, Kinman EL. Geographic Retrofitting: A Method of Community Definition in Community-oriented Primary Care Practices. Fam Med. 2004 Jun;36(6):440-6 Click here to access PubMed

Guagliardo MF, Ronzio CR, Cheung I, Chacko E, Joseph JG. Physician accessibility: an urban case study of pediatric providers. Health Place. 2004 Sep;10(3):273-83. Click here to access

Kohli S, Sahlen K, Sivertun A, Lofman O, Trell E, Wigertz O. Distance from the Primary Health Center: a GIS method to study geographical access to health care. J Med Syst. 1995;19:425-436. Click here to access

Love D, Lindquist P. The geographical accessibility of hospitals to the aged: a geographic information systems analysis within Illinois. HealthServRes. 1995;29:629-651. Click here to access


GIS Texts

GIS and Public Health

Melnick, AL. Introduction to Geographic Information Systems in Public Health. Aspen Publications, Gaithersburg, MD. 2002. Click here to access

Cromley EK, McLafferty S. GIS and public health. New York: Guilford Press, 2002. Click here to access

Waller LA and Gotway CA (eds). Applied Spatial Statistics for Public Health Data. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 2004. Click here to access


Spatial Epidemiology

These texts are a good resource, but the first two can be quite technical. The Mitchell book is more basic, but only covers a limited number of topics.

Waller LA, Gotway CA. Applied Spatial Statistics for Public Health Data. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, 2004. Click here to access

Elliott P, Wakefield J, Best N, Briggs D. Spatial Epidemiology: Methods and Applications. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000. Click here to access (Requires Oxford Scholarship Online access)

Mitchell A. The ESRI Guide to GIS Analysis. Volume 2: Spatial Measurements & Statistics. Redlands: ESRI Press, 2005. Click here to access


General Medical Geography Books

These texts provide a good overview of the field of medical geography, with plenty of public health case example, including international examples.

Gatrell A. Geographies of Health: An Introduction, Malden: Blackwell Publishing, 2002. Click here to access

Meade M, Emch, M. Medical Geography, 3ed. New York: Guilford Press, 2010. Click here to access partial version

Griffith JR. Quantitative Techniques for Hospital Planning and Control. Lexington, Mass: Lexington Books; 1972. Click here to find available copies for sale on


GIS Books

The first resource is a tutorial, with sample data included to use with ArcGIS software. The Mitchell books are more general, and do not cover commands. Volume 2 is a nice basic review of spatial epi.

Kurland KS, Gorr WL. GIS Tutorial for Health. Redlands: ESRI Press, 2006. Click here to access

Mitchell A. The ESRI Guide to GIS Analysis. Volume 1: Geographic Patterns & Realtionships. Redlands: ESRI Press, 1999. Click here to access

Mitchell A. The ESRI Guide to GIS Analysis. Volume 2: Spatial Measurements & Statistics. Redlands: ESRI Press, 2005. Click here to access

The Built Environment

Lynch's "The Image of the City" is a classic book on urban form, but not necessarily connected to public health. The Frumkin book is a nice overview of the perils of sprawl.

Lynch K. The Image of the City. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1960. Click here to access

Frumkin H, Frank L, Jackson R. Urban Sprawl and Public Health: Designing, Planning, and Building for Healthy Communities. Washington: Island Press, 2004. Click here to access


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