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Role of spatial tools in public health policymaking of Bangladesh: opportunities and challenges

Overview of attention for article published in Journal of Health, Population, & Nutrition, January 2016
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Title
Role of spatial tools in public health policymaking of Bangladesh: opportunities and challenges
Published in
Journal of Health, Population, & Nutrition, January 2016
DOI 10.1186/s41043-016-0045-1
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Authors

Dohyeong Kim, Malabika Sarker, Priyanka Vyas

Abstract

In spite of the increasing efforts to gather spatial data in developing countries, the use of maps is mostly for visualization of health indicators rather than informed decision-making. Various spatial tools can aid policymakers to allocate resources effectively, predict patterns in communicable or infectious diseases, and provide insights into geographical factors which are associated with utilization or adequacy of health services. In Bangladesh, the launch of District Health Information System 2, along with recent efforts to gather spatial data of facilities location, provides an interesting opportunity to study the current landscape and the potential barriers in advancing the use of spatial tools for informed decision making. This study assessed the current level of map usage and spatial tools for health sector planning in Bangladesh, focusing on investigating why map usage and spatial tools remained at a basic level for the purpose of health policy. The study design involved in-depth interviews, followed by an expert survey (n = 39) obtained through snowball sampling.Our survey revealed that assessing areas with shortage of community health workers emerged as the top most for basic map usage or primarily for visualization purpose, while planning for emergency and obstetric care services, and disease mapping was the most frequent category for intermediate and advanced map usage, respectively. Furthermore, we found lack of inter-institutional collaboration, lack of continuous availability of trained personnel, and lack of awareness on the use of geographic information system (GIS) as a decision-making tool as three most critical barriers in the current landscape. Our findings highlight the barriers in increasing the adoption of spatial tools for health policymaking and planning in Bangladesh.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 80 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 20 25%
Student > Master 15 19%
Student > Ph. D. Student 8 10%
Student > Doctoral Student 6 8%
Librarian 4 5%
Other 11 14%
Unknown 16 20%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 18 23%
Social Sciences 14 18%
Nursing and Health Professions 10 13%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 3 4%
Business, Management and Accounting 3 4%
Other 11 14%
Unknown 21 26%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 7. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 08 July 2016.
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