Community profiling as part of a health needs assessment

Nurs Stand. 2008 Jan 9-15;22(18):51-6; quiz 58. doi: 10.7748/ns2008.


This article discusses community profiling and how it can be used to assess health priorities. The concept and different definitions of health are explored. There is a discussion of inequalities and how they affect a person's health. Different types of need are identified and the benefit of involving the community in the decision-making process is explained.

MeSH terms

  • Community Health Services*
  • Education, Continuing
  • Health Services Needs and Demand*
  • Social Justice
  • United Kingdom