Regionally-based needs assessment in Australian primary health care.
Bywood, Petra Teresia
Primary Health Care Research & Information Service
Needs assessments in primary health care provide information to plan and change services, with the ultimate goal of improving the health of a population. It is the first step in health care services planning, and involves identifying and analysing a region’s health problems and potential target group. For the purposes of this report, need was defined as “the population’s ability to benefit” as this lends itself most usefully to health services planning. This report also reflects on International and Australian models that may inform approaches to needs assessments in Australia.
Public health, Health care, Evaluation and assessment
Katterl, R., Jackson-Bowers, E., Hagger, C. and Bywood, P., 2011. Regionally-based needs assessment in Australian primary health care. PHC RIS Policy Issue Review. Adelaide: Primary Health Care Research & Information Service.