Measuring Accessibility to Family Planning Services in Rural Thailand

Publication Abstract

Chayovan, N., Albert Hermalin, and John E. Knodel. 1984. "Measuring Accessibility to Family Planning Services in Rural Thailand." Studies in Family Planning, 15(5): 201-11.

There are a variety of ways to conceptualize and measure accessibility to contraceptive services and supplies. Using detailed data for rural Thailand, a multiplicity of reasonable measures is developed that reflect time and/or distance to various government program outlets. Many of these are only moderately correlated with one another, and to an important extent different measures show different associations with levels of contraceptive prevalence. Clearly there is a general need in this area of investigation to pay more attention to the measurement of accessibility as a community characteristic and to consider the sensitivity of results to alternate measures.

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