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Community-Based Needs Assessment: Assisting Communities in Building a Stronger EMS System.


PB2009114571

Publication Date 2009
Page Count 100
Abstract When people call for medical help in a rural area, they expect a rapid response, competent staff, and good equipment from the local Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Too often, their expectations are formed by what they see on TV, not by the reality in their own community. Surprisingly, few EMS systems rely on sound assessment techniques to ensure that they understand and can meet the needs of the community. Rural communities and their EMS agencies need a tool to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses and to provide a clear understanding of the needs of their customers. With this understanding, the EMS service can focus its limited resources and the community can have a greater voice in determining the EMS service it needs and is willing to support.
Keywords
  • Health care facilities
  • Emergency medical services
  • Communities
  • Rural areas
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Health resources
  • Health care services
  • Assessments
Source Agency
  • New name: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality- Old name: National Center for Health Services Research
Corporate Authors Health Resources and Services Administration, Rockville, MD. Office of Rural Health Policy.
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 200924
Contract Number
  • HRSA-NO-250-03-0022
Community-Based Needs Assessment: Assisting Communities in Building a Stronger EMS System.
Community-Based Needs Assessment: Assisting Communities in Building a Stronger EMS System.
PB2009114571

  • Health care facilities
  • Emergency medical services
  • Communities
  • Rural areas
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Health resources
  • Health care services
  • Assessments
  • New name: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality- Old name: National Center for Health Services Research
  • HRSA-NO-250-03-0022
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