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deficit in the current health state compared to aspects of a desired future health state


This is a concrete item and can be implemented directly

Term: health need; 
Plural: health needs; 


NOTE 1 A health need is the deficit in a subject of care’s health state.

NOTE 2 The current health state is observed as observed conditions.

NOTE 3 The desired future health state can be a health objective expressed as target conditions.

NOTE 4 The health need can be identified and formulated by the subject of care or by any other healthcare actor.

NOTE 5 health needs are the motivations/indications for healthcare activities and are the basic input to healthcare needs assessments.


Required associations

exactly one subject of care has or has had a number of health needs
a number of health needs is deficit in exactly one health state
one or more needed healthcare activities addresses one or more health needs

Optional associations

exactly one health need is considered during a number of healthcare needs assessments
a number of health objectives addresses one or more health needs
a number of health needs is background for a number of reason for demand for cares


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health need

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