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Small-Area Analysis

"Small-Area Analysis" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus, MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). Descriptors are arranged in a hierarchical structure, which enables searching at various levels of specificity.

A method of analyzing the variation in utilization of health care in small geographic or demographic areas. It often studies, for example, the usage rates for a given service or procedure in several small areas, documenting the variation among the areas. By comparing high- and low-use areas, the analysis attempts to determine whether there is a pattern to such use and to identify variables that are associated with and contribute to the variation.


This graph shows the total number of publications written about "Small-Area Analysis" by people in Harvard Catalyst Profiles by year, and whether "Small-Area Analysis" was a major or minor topic of these publication.
Bar chart showing 34 publications over 18 distinct years, with a maximum of 3 publications in 2003 and 2006 and 2008 and 2010 and 2014
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