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Figure 3 | International Journal of Health Geographics

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From: Choice in maternity care: associations with unit supply, geographic accessibility and user characteristics

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Measuring the impact of maternity unit closures on accessibility and choice: the case of Aquitaine/Midi-Pyrénées. The map shows the results of a case study of two French administrative regions having experienced high rates of maternity unit closures between 1998 and 2003. Regions are divided into communes where the closest maternity unit is less than 30 km away and where the 2nd closest is less than 30 km away (no major constraints for accessibility or choice), and communes where the closest maternity unit is equal to or over 30 km away, but the 2nd unit is within 30 km (constrained geographical accessibility, but choice possible), those where the nearest maternity unit is within 30 km, but the 2nd nearest is 30 km from the first (geographical accessibility maintained, but choice constrained), and those where the closest maternity unit is 30 km away and the 2nd closest is 30 km from the 1st (constrained accessibility and choice).

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