Community health service utilisation and needs in an elderly population
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This study was carried out to determine community health service utilisation and needs of an elderly population living in a geographically defined area of Dublin. A random sample of 208 persons was taken from the 11,852 elderly persons living in the area. Activities of daily living and cognitive function were assessed in the person’s own home. Whilst the community health services provided were less than comprehensive, they were targeted to those most in need; the very elderly, those living alone, and persons with a mental or physical disability. Objectively assessed need for further services far outweighed the demand for such services. Studies such as this are essential if the elderly are to receive their fair share of services in a demand based health service.
KeywordsPhysical Disability Fair Share Community Health Service Eastern Health Mental Test Score
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