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Table 1 Definition of overall unmet need and its different reasons

From: Socioeconomic determinants of unmet need for outpatient healthcare services in Iran: a national cross-sectional study

Overall unmet need Required healthcare needs which are not met
Unmet need due to accessibility Required healthcare needs which are not met, because there are insufficient resources
Unmet need due to availability Required healthcare needs which are not met, because the required services are not available
System-related unmet need Required healthcare needs which are not met, because of accessibility and availability of healthcare services
Unmet need due to acceptability Required healthcare needs which are not met because of the postponement of healthcare needs due to lack of free time