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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

The Search for Health Needs

Research for Health Visiting Practice

ISBN 9780333721445
Publication Date October 1999
Formats Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

The search for health needs' was first identified in the 1970s as a key principle that informs and underpins the practice of health visiting. This book draws together pertinent research in this area, and presents it in such a way as to draw out the practical implications. The aim is to further good practice from an informed and evidence-based perspective.

JANE V. APPLETON is Principal Lecturer in Research Education at the School of Health Care, Oxford Brookes University.

SARAH COWLEY is Professor of Community Nursing in the Florence Nightingale Division of Nursing and Midwifery, King's College, London.

The Search for Health Needs; S.Cowley & J.Appleton
Situation and Process in Health Visiting; S.Cowley
Professional Artistry: The Contribution to the Search for Health Needs; S.Twinn
The Use of Guidelines to Prioritise Families Who Need Additional Health Visiting Support.-J.Appleton
Lay Perspectives on Health Needs; J. Billings
Client Perceptions of Health Visiting; I. Machin
Researching the Health Needs of Mothers in Low Income Households; C.Blackburn
Identifying Outcomes in Health Visiting: The Challenge for Research; A.Kelsey.


I found myself wanting to cheer as I read the first chapter of this book, which states: 'The search for health needs has been a basic principle of health visiting for many years...This timely and relevant book is essential reading for members of trusts and primary care groups to remind them that all families with young children have health needs and that health visiting cannot be confined to a narrow medical model.' - June Thompson, Health Service Journal
'This is a particularly well timed volume...I will recommend it very highly to my own colleagues involved in the field of community nursing.' - Jean McIntosh, Professor of Community Nursing Research, Glasgow Caledonian University
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