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Developing rural primary health care service areas: an analysis of patient migration patterns.
Atherly A, Kralewski J, Johnson C, Brasure M. Developing rural primary health care service areas: an analysis of patient migration patterns. Health care management review. 2003 Apr 1; 28(2):189-97.
This study explores the potential of health care service areas (HCSAs) developed from claims data as the geopolitical units for the assessment of health professional needs in rural areas. HCSAs reflect consumer shopping patterns for health care and alter traditional health professional needs estimates.