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Spatial and Multidimensional Visualization of Jeddah Health Resources: A Community Health Assessment of Jeddah City

Jamalallail, Faisal (2012) Spatial and Multidimensional Visualization of Jeddah Health Resources: A Community Health Assessment of Jeddah City. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Jeddah public health resources are struggling to meet the demand of the large populations. The city is suffering from insufficient public health resources along with other health problem, like high rates of some disease, which resulted in an amount of dissatisfaction among some of the health facilities visitors. The absence of a comprehensive Community Health Assessment study of Jeddah public health resources and the fact that health resources are not meeting the needs of the large population created the need to conduct this study.
This is an exploratory study that will use the guidance of two frameworks, Mandala of Health and “Access as fit” theories, and take into account all public hospitals and primary clinics provided by the ministry of health (MOH). Availability and accessibility of MOH resources will be assessed according to the Saudi planning standards for the years 2006 – 2010. Furthermore, health professionals’ numbers will be assessed against the demand of some prominent disease cases in each census tract for the years 2006 – 2010.
A multidimensional exploration of the data is needed to answer the queries of this study. Thus, Spatial OLAP Visualization and Analysis Tool (SOVAT) is utilized. This tool has the capability of integrating multidimensional databases to maps. It also answers complex queries easily and rapidly and gives results in maps, spreadsheets, and graphs.
The exploration resulted in determining that primary clinics are allocated in accordance with populations’ densities with few exceptions. In addition, parts of the city were found to be lacking some facilities or health professionals while few parts were found to be over-served with resources. Finally, it has been found that there is a need to increase the number of hospitals. Additional patterns of the resources have been uncovered due to the multidimensional capability of SOVAT.
The tool proved to be efficient and established a much better comprehensive understanding of the health resources. Additionally, it helped interpreting the interaction between the dimensions of the “Access as fit” framework. Nevertheless, some technical skills were needed for a successful data preparation and integration. It could be implemented by MOH as few requirements must be met.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Jamalallail, Faisalfmj1@pitt.eduFMJ1
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairParmanto, Bambangparmanto@pitt.eduPARMANTO
Committee MemberWatzlaf, Valerievalgeo@pitt.eduVALGEO
Committee MemberSharma, Ravi K.rks1946@pitt.eduRKS1946
Committee MemberKumar KR,
Date: 11 June 2012
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 19 March 2012
Approval Date: 11 June 2012
Submission Date: 29 March 2012
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 130
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences > Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Spatial, Multidimensional, Jeddah, GIS, Health Resources
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2012 16:20
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:57


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