A National Survey of State Comprehensive Cancer Control Managers: Implications of Geographic Information Systems
GIS; cancer; mapping; communication
Journal of Cancer Education
The growth of geographic information systems (GIS) for comprehensive cancer control (CCC) planning activities has been documented. We examined concerns about use and derived principles for practice. A national survey of US CCC program managers (n = 49) was conducted. Results include statements and frequency of barriers to use GIS mapping for CCC. Uses of GIS for CCC activities have benefits, but must be considered within organizational frameworks designed to safeguard confidentiality of health information and community relationships. Education to guide understanding of and input into the decisions linked to GIS mapping can limit possible harms while advancing CCC aims.
Recommended CitationVolkman, Julie E.; Parrot, Roxanne; Hopfer, Suellen; and Lengerich, Eugene J., "A National Survey of State Comprehensive Cancer Control Managers: Implications of Geographic Information Systems" (2010). Communication Journal Articles. Paper 111.