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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-5

Investigation of mobile clinics and their challenges

1 Iranian Social Security Organization, Isfahan, Iran
2 Research Institute of Shakhes Pajouh, Isfahan, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Rahele Samouei
Research Institute of Shakhes Pajouh, Isfahan
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2347-9019.175669

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Introduction: Given the importance of medical services and health care in societies and the difficulty of accessing suitable health services for people living in remote locations. Aim: The goal of this study reviewed the challenges faced when creating mobile clinics to understand the challenges and provide accessible and feasible medical care in remote locations. Methods: This study used Review method to search for Persian and international articles between years 2004 and 2014 with keywords mobile specialized clinics, mobile clinic, health care, and mobile health care in credible websites and databases including PubMed, Science Direct, Google Scholar, Web of Sciences, and extract the report the relevant information from these articles. Results: Mobile clinics are an important proposal in health and medical systems and provide advantages such as accessibility, variety of services, and the possibility of providing health care for remote or underprivileged locations and during disasters while having disadvantages such as structural, procedural and financial problems, lacking certain tools and specializations and unwillingness of people for using these clinics. Conclusion: Given the strengths of mobile clinics in provision a variety of medical services and disease prevention, the possibility of contacting other medical centers in order to improve the quality of services and reduction of costs, these clinics are able to answer some of the medical needs of people and their weaknesses can be reduced with the help of proper laws, planning and a feedback system in order to determine the quality of services. It is possible to improve the effectiveness of these clinics and provide services that are in line with the needs of the target population.

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