Effect of centralization on geographic accessibility of maternity hospitals in Finland

  title={Effect of centralization on geographic accessibility of maternity hospitals in Finland},
  author={Tiina Huotari and Jarmo Rusanen and Timo Keistinen and Tero L{\"a}hderanta and Leena Ruha and M. Sillanp{\"a}{\"a} and Harri Antikainen},
  journal={BMC Health Services Research},
  • Tiina Huotari, Jarmo Rusanen, +4 authors Harri Antikainen
  • Published 2020
  • Medicine
  • BMC Health Services Research
  • Background In the past two decades, the number of maternity hospitals in Finland has been reduced from 42 to 22. Notwithstanding the benefits of centralization for larger units in terms of increased safety, the closures will inevitably impair geographical accessibility of services. Methods This study aimed to employ a set of location-allocation methods to assess the potential impact on accessibility, should the number of maternity hospitals be reduced from 22 to 16. Accurate population grid… CONTINUE READING
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