Rapid appraisal in an urban setting, an example from the developed world

Bie Nio Ong, Gerry Humphris, Hugh Annett, Susan Rifkin

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Rapid Appraisal has been used as a method to understand communities' own perceptions of their priority needs. It can be used as a tool for formulating joint action plans between communities and service planners and managers. It can also be used to complement quantitative methods of assessing needs by more in-depth qualitative understanding of socio-cultural perspectives. In the example described in this paper Rapid Appraisal is used both as action research and as a qualitative tool in order to define health and social needs of an urban, deprived community in England.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)909-915
Number of pages7
JournalSocial Science and Medicine
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes


  • community involvement
  • health planning
  • management
  • needs assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • History and Philosophy of Science

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