Document type: DU ETD
Collection: Geology Theses  
Title A Spatial Analysis of Selected Private Practice Physicians in Metropolitan Denver, Colorado
Author(s) Bryan, Barbara Maness
School/Department Department of Geography
Institution University of Denver
Degree Type Master's
Degree Name M.A.
Type of Resource text
Degree Date 1975 December
Digital Origin reformatted digital
Rights Statement All Rights Reserved
Reason for Restrictions No restrictions
Type of Restriction No restrictions
Keyword(s) Geography
Abstract This thesis examined the distribution and utilization of physicians within the Denver metropolitan area in 1975 in terms of the central place concepts of threshold and range. Based on the results of previous research it was hypothesized that(1)the offices of physicians providing general medical care are more dispersed throughout metropolitan Denver than the offices of physicians providing specialized care; (2)physicians providing general care serve smaller areas than specialized physicians; and (3) generalists and specialists are influenced by different factors in their choices of office location within metropolitan Denver. A comparison of the office distributions of eight physician specialties by utilization of the nearest neigh-born index failed to support the hypothesis of a greater dispersion of generalists' offices; however, problems associated with the characteristics and calculation of the index may have significantly influenced the results. The greater concentration of generalists' offices in suburban areas and findings in other sections of the study both suggested generalists' offices were more widely dispersed throughout the metropolitan area than were specialists' offices. When the service areas of the physicians were contrasted by comparing the distances traveled by patients to the physician offices, highly significant differences between the specialty groups were indicated by analysis of variance. Denver area residents traveled the shortest distances for general care and the longest distances for specialty care.An analysis of the locational factors and practice characteristics influencing the physician's choice of office site within metropolitan Denver revealed a very complex interaction of forces.Differences between the practice characteristics and preferences of physicians engaged in various specialties were apparent, and many of the findings suggested that the offices of generalists were likely to be more dispersed than those of specialists.
Attached Files
Name Description MIMEType Size Downloads
du_mas_1975_Bryan.pdf   du_mas_1975_Bryan.pdf application/pdf 5.11MB 0

User Comments
Access Statistics: 0 Abstract Views, 0 File Downloads Detailed Statistics
Created: Mon, 25 Oct 2010, 10:12:10 UTC by John Adams . Detailed History