Irish Journal of Medical Science

, Volume 179, Issue 3, pp 399–403 | Cite as

A primary care-based health needs assessment in inner city Dublin

  • C. M. O’Kelly
  • W. Cullen
  • S. M. O’Kelly
  • F. D. O’Kelly
  • G. Bury
Original Article



In 2001, a primary care-based health needs assessment (HNA) in South Inner City of Dublin identified high levels of morbidity and widespread and frequent use of primary care and specialist hospital services as particular concerns.


This study aims to determine the primary care health needs of a local community, from the perspective of service users and service providers.


A similar methodology to our 2001 HNA was adopted, involving semi-structured interviews with a convenience sample of patients attending two general practices and key informants regarding local health issues and health service utilisation.


High levels of morbidity and chronic illness were found. A correlation between the local environment and ill-health was identified, as well as high utilisation of primary care services in the area.


The establishment of a Primary Care Team would begin to address the health needs of the community.


Health needs assessment Deprivation Inner city Dublin Primary care team Chronic illness 



The authors acknowledge an unrestricted grant from University College Dublin SSRA committee to carry out this study. They wish to express thanks to the staff of both GP centres who took part in the study, to all key informants who provided their time and invaluable insights, and most especially to the patients who participated in the study.


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© Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. M. O’Kelly
    • 1
  • W. Cullen
    • 2
  • S. M. O’Kelly
    • 3
  • F. D. O’Kelly
    • 3
  • G. Bury
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Medicine and Medical ScienceThe Coombe Healthcare CentreDublin 8Ireland
  2. 2.Graduate Entry Medical School, EM020University of LimerickLimerickIreland
  3. 3.Department of Public Health and Primary CareTrinity CollegeDublinIreland

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