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Approaches to individual health needs assessment 

Approaches to individual health needs assessment
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Approaches to individual health needs assessment
Author(s):

Vari Drennan

and Claire Goodman

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199653720.003.0004
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date: 05 August 2020

Systematic assessment of need is one of the core skills of primary care and community nurses. It has the potential to substantially affect a person’s quality of life, the care that they receive, and subsequent review of what the service has achieved. This chapter provides an introduction to the assessment of patients, clients, and their carers, and the communication skills that are needed to optimize any patient/client assessment. More detailed information about specific assessment tools for different client groups and/or problems are provided in relevant chapters.

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