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In order to handle disasters, save human lives, and reduce damages, it is essential to have quick response times, good collaboration and coordination among the parties involved, as well as advanced techniques, resources, and infrastructure. The current response to disaster is inefficient and sometimes poorly organized. Various studies, research, and(More)
Although the importance of rational prescribing is generally accepted, the teaching of pharmacotherapy to undergraduate medical students is still unsatisfactory. Because clinical teachers are an important role model for medical students, it is of interest to know whether this extends to therapeutic decision-making. The aim of this study was to find out(More)
One of the most important issues in public and environmental health today concerns the type of instruments that can be used to devise quick, reliable and scientifically valid methods of rapid assessment which, in turn, can be utilized in health research and in the planning, monitoring and evaluation of health programmes. As the applications of geographical(More)
The paper considers urban sprawl in Europe from a multidimensional and exploratory point of view. Several studies on the topic (mainly from urban economics, but also from other fields, such as urban planning or regional science) are reviewed in order to identify the key dimensions of the urban sprawl phenomenon in Europe. These comprise the following six(More)
1. Introduction Human beings will never be completely protected from natural, industrial or man-made disasters and accidents, since one can hardly predict when and where the next emergency situation will occur. What the humans can change is the way they respond to disasters. The whole disaster management sector requires urgent developments toward better,(More)
In this paper, we present a statistical modelling approach in order to explain the presence and development of built-up areas by means of a set of distinct accessibility indicators, so as to use these results in local planning studies, to test urban sustainability measures, and to eventually forecast the impact of accessibility to transport systems on urban(More)
Urban and Regional Planning Models and GIS Geographical Information Systems (GIS) have in recent years become an important part of regional and urban research, The combination of large data handling capabilities and computerized visualisation techniques explain the rapid growth path of GIS, A weak point is formed by its insufficiënt link with urban and(More)
Successful emergency-response operations require capable systems to support efficient information-sharing, communication, and coordination of the multiple involved safety agencies. Μany authors have identified that Information Quality (IQ) and System Quality (SQ) are major hurdles for efficient and effective multi-agency response, and simultaneously they(More)