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Acta Medica Medianae
Vol. 46, No 1, January, 2007
UDK 61
YU ISSN 0365-4478

Correspondence to:
Čedomir Šagrić

Institut za zaštitu zdravlja

Bulevar dr Zorana Đinđića 50, 18000 Niš, Srbija

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Copyright 2007 by Faculty  of Medicine, University of Nis


 Cedomir Sagric *, Olivera Radulovic ** and Marjana Bogdanovic ***

Institut za javno zdravlje u Nišu *

Medicinski fakultet u Nišu **

Zavod za zdravstvenu zaštitu studenata u Nišu ***


Human needs are of great interest to different scientific fields: sociology, anthropology, psychology, medicine, economy… Malinowski, Maslow, Adler and From have largely contributed to studying the needs. While trying to define the need concept, not only one definition is acceptable. In psychology, need is defined as a lack or disorder, i.e. the necessity to dislodge this lack. It was Maslow who gave the fullest classification and explanation of human needs. If we start from the fact that need represents the lack or deficit of something, in this context health needs would indicate the lack of health, and the measurement of health needs would be the same as the measurement of health. Therefore, almost all human needs can be enumerated as health needs, i.e. those which, after being satisfied, can lead to physical, psychical and social welfare. According to WHO, health needs can be defined as scientifically settled evasions from health which require preventive, curative and probably regulative and eradicative measurements. According to the medical method used by the health service while regarding the needs, the emphasis is on morbidity, mortality, incidence, prevalence, inability, etc. Usually, when we have very low level of health culture, and the responsibility for personal health is in most of the cases unacceptable, for the health service user the curative services will have priority over preventive ones. The measurement of health needs is a complex task. The needs can be regarded through medical documentation and by perception of the needs by people in the community. Acta Medica Medianae 2007;46(1):36-40.


Key words: needs, health needs, measurement

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