Governments across the European Region are faced with rising demands for health care, limited resources and increasing inequalities in health. Communityhealth needs assessment has a central part to play, enabling practitioners,managers and policy-makers to identify those in greatest need and to ensurethat health care resources are used to maximize health improvement. It is avital health care planning tool to be used at the level of families, communitiesand populations. This document describes the ways in which health needsassessment can identify priority health needs, target resources to addressinequalities and involve local people. The process of undertaking health needsassessment is described and the important contribution of nurses explored. Thedocument also includes a pack for training the trainers in the use of theassessment tool.
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FAMILY NURSINGCOMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICESNEEDS ASSESSMENTGUIDELINESTEACHER TRAININGTEACHING MATERIALSEUROPE
World Health Organization – 2001
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