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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 13-20

Health needs assessment

Department of Family and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Jazan, Jazan, Saudi Arabia

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Ibrahim A Bani
Department of Family and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Jazan, P.O. Box 114, Jazan
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

PMID: 23012162

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This paper takes a public health approach to briefly examine: (i) the concept of community health care need assessment ; (ii) the roles of academic institutions in health needs assessment ; (iii) Jazan study to address the health care needs in Jazan region, Saudi Arabia . The methods included an analysis of the literature, distillation of experience from the recently Jazan Health Need Assessment Survey, and WHO reports. The most important perceived health problems in Jazan region are shortage of health care providers , increased prevalence of communicable diseases and poor environmental health. The academic institutions , Ministry of Health and other health care institutions need to work together to look for innovative approaches, especially to increase the awareness of the society on public health issues, and give more support to increase national and regional funding for community based studies. The findings of the assessment of the health needs of Jazan presented in this review could be utilized as a baseline and reference information for policy formulation, subsequent planning and cost effective intervention programs. It could also be utilized for the curriculum development or review for a community oriented medical schools.

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