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Needs assessment in day care

Julie Hearn

in Palliative Day Care in Practice

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780192631831
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730221 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631831.003.0002
Needs assessment in day care

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In the past, palliative care services were developed largely based on assumptions about patient need from the health professionals' points of view. Palliative care services are now adapting to changing demands upon them consequent upon changing patterns of disease and the introduction of new therapies, and ultimately to the challenge of providing care for patients with other chronic conditions. Assessment of the palliative care needs of the whole population is therefore essential for need, supply, and demand to overlap. Epidemiological data and analysis of existing health services can inform needs assessment. In the UK health service, need is defined as the ability to benefit from health care. The purpose of needs assessment is to determine the levels of need and of existing service provision within the community in order to facilitate the planning of future services.

Keywords: palliative care; terminal care; chronic illness; United Kingdom; health care

Chapter.  3446 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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