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Assessing health needs 

Assessing health needs

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Assessing health needs
Author(s):

John Wright

and Ben Cave

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199586301.003.0004
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date: 23 June 2017

This chapter will describe why health needs assessment (HNA) is important and what it means in practice. Professional training and clinical experience teaches that a health professional must systematically assess a patient before administering any treatment that is believed to be effective. This systematic approach is often omitted when assessing the health needs of populations.

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