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The relationship between environment and mental health: how does geographic information systems (GIS) help?

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Dear Sir,

    The role of physical and social environment

    on mental health cannot

    be ignored. While this relationship is

    adequately explored in mental

    health research, analysing and assimilating

    them in mental health planning

    still remains a road less

    travelled. Computer-based mapping

    technology called geographic information

    systems (GIS) has presented

    mental health researchers with many

    new possibilities in this direction.

    GIS-based spatial mapping and analysis

    can provide a better insight into

    illness patterns, causes, interactions

    and service needs. This can in turn

    help in evaluating interventions and

    guide evidence-based health care

    policies. The aim of this letter is to

    inform us of the opportunities and

    usefulness of GIS in mental health

    research, planning and delivery.

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Walsan, R., Pai, N. & Dawes, K. (2016). The relationship between environment and mental health: how does geographic information systems (GIS) help?. Australasian Psychiatry, 24 (3), 315-315.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84978771900

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/3825

Number Of Pages


  • 0

Start Page


  • 315

End Page


  • 315

Volume


  • 24

Issue


  • 3

Abstract


  • Dear Sir,

    The role of physical and social environment

    on mental health cannot

    be ignored. While this relationship is

    adequately explored in mental

    health research, analysing and assimilating

    them in mental health planning

    still remains a road less

    travelled. Computer-based mapping

    technology called geographic information

    systems (GIS) has presented

    mental health researchers with many

    new possibilities in this direction.

    GIS-based spatial mapping and analysis

    can provide a better insight into

    illness patterns, causes, interactions

    and service needs. This can in turn

    help in evaluating interventions and

    guide evidence-based health care

    policies. The aim of this letter is to

    inform us of the opportunities and

    usefulness of GIS in mental health

    research, planning and delivery.

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Walsan, R., Pai, N. & Dawes, K. (2016). The relationship between environment and mental health: how does geographic information systems (GIS) help?. Australasian Psychiatry, 24 (3), 315-315.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84978771900

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/3825

Number Of Pages


  • 0

Start Page


  • 315

End Page


  • 315

Volume


  • 24

Issue


  • 3