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Cal Poly Psychology Journal Vol. 21, No. 2, 1-11 Running Head: HOSPITAL BEDS Hospital Beds: Can a Country’s Death Rate Be Predicted by the Number of Available Hospital Beds? Hannah Bauss California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
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Cal Poly Psychology Journal Vol. 21, No. 2, 1-11 Hospital Beds: Can a Country’s Death Rate Be Predicted by the Number of Hospital Beds? Hannah R. Bauss California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo The present study examined whether the number of hospital beds per 10,000 people was a predictor of the death rate of a country. A test for correlation and regression was run on the variables, as well as some descriptive statistics to better visualize what was happening with the data. It was found that there was a significant correlation between the two variables, but it was one that was weak. At this time, it is unclear exactly what else is going on that is causing the weakness of this correlation. But it is important to further study it and determine what elements have a strong relation with a country’s death rate so that measures can be taken to fix it. Keywords : death rate, hospital beds, health . The sample used in this study (country.sav) was a group of 122 various countries around the world. A majority of the variables being examined dealt with life expectancy of men and women, the fertility rate, death rate, infant mortality rate, etc. Most of the data was collected in 1992. A more detailed explanation of the study and how the data was collected can be found in the World Almanac and Book of Facts (1994). There are many factors that are involved in determining the death rate for a country. A few key ones are the overall population size, the available resources (food, water, medicine, shelter, even education). Because adequate medical supplies are very key to countries, especially in determining the amount of healthy and living people, this study decided to evaluate whether or not the death rate of a country can be predicted by the number of available hospital beds per 10,000 people. The amount of available hospital beds reflects how well equipped a hospital is to care for people; therefore it is hypothesized that a country’s death rate can be predicted by the number of available hospital beds.
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Cal Poly Psychology Journal Vol. 21, No. 2, 1-11 Method The data in this sample – country.sav – was collected mainly in 1992. It collected primarily demographic information from 122 countries in different regions of the world. The twenty-two variables that were examined in this study were: country name, population (in millions), percent that is urban, GDP per capita, male life expectancy, female life expectancy, births per 1,000 in the population, deaths per 1,000 people, infant mortality rate (per 1,000 live births), fertility rate per woman, region of the world (Eastern Africa, Middle Africa, Northern Africa, Southern Africa, Western Africa, Caribbean, Central America, South America, North America, Eastern Asia, Southeast Asia, Southern Asia, Western Asia, Eastern Europe, Northern
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