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Assessing health needs 

Assessing health needs
Assessing health needs

John Wright

and Ben Cave

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date: 20 June 2018

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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