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5 Results for Contextual Factors

5.1 Access to healthcare

5.1.3 Recommendations for future research


    • Given the current interest in and debate surrounding the issue of access to service provision during crises in the humanitarian sector, more quality research needs to be done in the domain of access to healthcare during humanitarian crises.


    • Real-time mapping of access to healthcare of end-users.
    • Optimising healthcare access in crisis areas outside government control for both end-users and healthcare workers.
    • Health disparities arising from access inequities between resident and transiting populations within a crisis location.
    • Role of mobile phones and other digital technologies in improving health access for end-users.

    Indicators, standards and guidelines

    • In order to facilitate the generation of more relevant evidence, research into the development of standardised methods or indicators to measure the different aspects of both end-user and health worker access to healthcare would be most useful.

    Context and populations

    • Current evidence on contextual factors focuses primarily on descriptions of what types of access to healthcare are affected during crises, and not the influence of access on the impact of public health interventions, which therefore require greater research attention.
    • Research is needed to measure the impact of access to healthcare on health interventions during natural disasters and in the acute phase of crises.
    • Populations needing increased research include IDP and refugee populations, adolescents, the disabled, the elderly, those with chronic disease, and prisoners, or detainees.
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