Lecture 2 (geo 303)

Lecture 2 (geo 303) - 1 The Questions of the Health...

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Unformatted text preview: 1 The Questions of the Health Geographer GEOG 303 Health Geography - Prof. N. Ross Lecture 2 Goal for Today Introduce the subdiscipline of Health Geography Explore some basic terms: location GEOG 303 Health Geography - Prof. N. Ross Lecture 2 Explore some basic terms: location, place, health Readings: Gatrell Chapter 1, Taylor (1990), Meade and Earickson (2000) The Twin Traditions of Health Geography Disease Ecology Tradition the search for social and environmental causes of diseases (close to epidemiology) e.g., cross cultural GEOG 303 Health Geography - Prof. N. Ross Lecture 2 studies of disease/mortality patterns Access and Utilization of Health Care Services (location-allocation studies, barriers to care, cultural appropriateness of care, distance decay effect) 2 Access and Utilization of Health Care Services Three subcomponents of this tradition: 1) the structure and spatial patterning of health service facilities (e.g. Ross NA et al. (1994) Siting a women's health facility: A location-allocation study of breast cancer screening services in Eastern Ontario The Canadian Geographer 38 GEOG 303 Health Geography - Prof. N. Ross Lecture 2 screening services in Eastern Ontario. The Canadian Geographer 38 (2):150-161.) 2) patterns of inequality in supply and use of services (social justice approaches) 3) patient utilization of health services ( e.g. Ross NA et al. (1994) Contradictions in women's health care provision: A case study of attendance for breast cancer screening. Social Science and Medicine 39 (8):1015-1025) Recent Developments Work on (lay) concepts of health and illness (focus on individuals, often qualitative in approach concern of peoples own lived GEOG 303 Health Geography - Prof. N. Ross Lecture 2 experience) Structuralist/materialist/critical turn e.g. situating ill health/disease in political economic context Cultural turn emphasis on experience of places for health outcomes Gatrell His aim: to convince [us] that our health and our geographies are inextricably linked GEOG 303 Health Geography - Prof. N. Ross Lecture 2 Where you live affects disease risk and access to treatment Gatrell then lays out basic ideas and concepts many of these well revisit in much more detail throughout the course 3 Some Fundamentals What is health? Distinguishing between What is health?...
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This note was uploaded on 03/10/2012 for the course GEOG 303 taught by Professor Nancyross during the Winter '12 term at McGill.

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