Comparing spatial statistics and GIS methodologies for evaluating sub-regional variations in European fertility health sector resilience

Authors: Shelley Grant*,
Topics: Health and Medical, Spatial Analysis & Modeling, Europe
Keywords: assisted reproductive technologies, Europe, health care, spatial analytics, GIS
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/11/2021
Start / End Time: 11:10 AM / 12:25 PM
Room: Virtual 40
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Paper abstract: The European fertility health sector has shown robust and long-term resilience, despite a near total pandemic-related clinic shut down starting February 2020. Clinic closures meant the cessation of an estimated 918 519 annual diagnostics and therapies for technologically assisted reproduction (ART), as provided by 1347 fertility clinics operating in over 40 regional and surrounding countries (Wyns et al. 2020). The European IVF Monitoring Consortium (EIM), International Committee for Monitoring Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ICMART), International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS) and others reported varying levels of resumption during the Spring and Summer, implying a partial return to pre-pandemic levels of cross border reproductive contracting (CBRC) by individual patients seeking domestically inaccessible or policy restricted techniques (Shenfield et al. 2010). This paper summarily compares the spatial statistics (using R-based visualizations) and Arc GIS thematic cartographic capacities for analysing potential associations between factors of clinic attributes and policies on the observed strength in fertility health sector across European subregions. It presents displays of patterns and flows in associations for long term fertility care growth and recent rebound amidst competing urgencies.

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