Assessing women's health needs

S. Redman, D. J. Hennrikus, J. A. Bowman, R. W. Sanson-Fisher

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It has been argued that women have specific health nees aside from those of the community as a whole. As a consequence, a move towards increased 'earmarked' funding for women's health has occurred. However, some debate exists about the areas of women's health that are most in need of additional funding and about appropriate mechanisms to determine priority areas. The present study explored community perceptions of women's health needs. A sample of 157 women, who had been selected at random, were asked a series of questions about the health and social problems that are experienced by women. The questions assessed the self-reported prevalence of the problems and asked women to nominate those problems which were priorities for them personally, and for Australian women in general. The areas that were identified as priorities by this community survey were compared with those that were identified by means of other methods of needs analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-127
Number of pages5
JournalMedical Journal of Australia
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes


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