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Tailor data collection to needs

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 10 June 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1535
  1. Eleanor Brown,
  2. Tyrrell Evans,
  3. Graham Hewett
  1. Practice development and fundholding manager General practitioner Paxton Green Group Practice, Paxton Green Health Centre, London SE21 8AU
  2. Research associate Department of General Practice and Primary Care, King's College School of Medicine and Dentistry, London SE5 9PJ

    EDITOR,—Our experience in a fundholding practice involved in needs assessment confirms John Shanks and colleagues' views that, to inform purchasing at practice level, needs assessment should combine epidemiological data with an analysis of the views of the primary health care team, other service providers, and users.1 We have also found that routine epidemiological data need modification to make them appropriate to the purchasing process.

    With the extension of fundholding to include community nursing services, practices were allocated a budget for whole time …

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