The application and evaluation of the system theory for community health assessment in a rural village

Guey Hau Wu*, Yiing Mei Liou, Lian Hua Huang

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Abstract

In assessing the health of a community is important to select tools appropriate to the community's characteristics. The framework for this paper is the system framework for community assessment developed by Trotter, Smith and Maurer (2000); the data were collected by windshield survey, literature review, interview, and observation. Through data analysis and the identification of the community's problem, the authors prioritize those problems in accordance with Goeppinger and Schuste's (1992) criteria. They illustrate the practicality and local applicability of this method by means of a local case. Finally, the authors evaluate the framework in terms of concept clearance, variable classification, and indicator measurement. In addition, they propose concrete suggestions for community workers to consider in the selection of assessment tools, and to enrich nursing knowledge.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-71
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Nursing
Volume51
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2004

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