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Why does geographic variation in health care practices matter? (And seven questions to ask in evaluating studies on geographic variation)



Why does geographic variation in health care practices matter? (And seven questions to ask in evaluating studies on geographic variation)



Spine 19(18 Suppl.): 2092s-2100s



One of the most active fields in health services research is the study of "geographic variation," or disparities in rates of certain types of health care practices among large areas (such as countries or regions of a country) or small areas (such as countries or hospital market areas); "small area analysis" in particular has received much attention in journals and the popular press. Increasingly, data upon which to base studies of geographic variation are becoming available.

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