Access to the COVID-19 services during the pandemic - a scoping review

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Appropriate accessibility to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) services is essential in the efficient management of the pandemic. Different geospatial methods and approaches have been used to measure accessibility to COVID-19 health-related services. This scoping review aimed to summarize and synthesize the geospatial studies conducted to measure accessibility to COVID-19 healthcare services. Web of Science, Scopus, and PubMed were searched to find relevant studies. From 1113 retrieved unique citations, 26 articles were selected to be reviewed. Most of the studies were conducted in the USA and floating catchment area methods were mostly used to measure the spatial accessibility to COVID-19 services including vaccination centres, Intensive Care Unit beds, hospitals and test sites. More attention is needed to measure the accessibility of COVID-19 services to different types of users especially with combining different non-spatial factors which could lead to better allocation of resources especially in populations with limited resources.

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Raeesi, A., Kiani, B., Hesami, A., Goshayeshi, L., Firouraghi, N., MohammadEbrahimi, S., & Hashtarkhani, S. . (2022). Access to the COVID-19 services during the pandemic - a scoping review. Geospatial Health, 17(s1). https://doi.org/10.4081/gh.2022.1079

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