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The primary metric used to measure accessibility in this paper will be the changes in public transit travel times to patients’ nearest OAT practitioners, due to the risks posed by even small delays to patients undergoing OAT.
For patients using transit to reach treatment in Toronto, OAT can require between 48 and 51 minutes a day of travel for a round trip to the nearest clinic, adding up to over five and a half hours a week of travel to treatment. In this context, increases in travel time, even seemingly small ones, can lead to a missed day of medication.
Study using open-source transit information and clinic locations