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Table 2 Rural primary health care access framework [2]

From: Factors affecting access to primary health care services for persons with disabilities in rural areas: a “best-fit” framework synthesis

Dimensions Operationalized definitions
 1. Availability Relates to the volume and types of services and facilities in relation to the needs of the clients.
 2. Geography Refers to the proximity of health services or providers to clients, and also the ways that clients’ can transcend the distance between their location and that of the services or providers.
 3. Affordability Relates to clients’ ability to pay the overall costs of health care services, including direct and indirect cost of care.
 4. Accommodation Involves the ways PHC resources are organized in relation to the clients’ ability to contact with, gain entry to and navigate the system.
 5. Timeliness Reflects the extent to which care can be sought, offered or received within a time frame and which is optimal to achieve the best health outcomes.
 6. Acceptability Relates to the attitudes and beliefs of consumers about the health care system to the personal and practice characteristics of health care providers.
 7. Awareness Involves sharing information between health services and clients, and also enhancing clients’ knowledge about the health care system.