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A term to describe provision of health care, educational, and/or social services to specific groups of people with special needs within the existing health and social sectors, rather than in specially designated programs and services. The advantages include economy of resources and staff and avoidance of segregating people with special needs, but the disadvantages may include lack of highly specialized staff required to serve some people's specific special needs. The term is also used to describe application of a policy across an entire system, as in gender mainstreaming, which means application of gender equity throughout the system.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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