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CAMPOS, Célia Maria Sivalli  and  BATAIERO, Marcel Oliveira. Health needs: an analysis of Brazilian scientific literature from 1990 to 2004.Translated byLuisa Maria Larcher Caliri Juzzo. Interface (Botucatu) [online]. 2007, vol.3Selected edition, pp. 0-0. ISSN 1414-3283.

This paper assumes that the health services' responses to health needs were affected by the regulation of the Brazilian public health system. The study objective is to identify the health-service trends found in scientific publications. Among the 73 publications selected from the LILACS on-line database, 66 (90.4%) did not mention the concept of health needs. Those that did had a reflective stance toward the subject. Health needs as defined in those articles were similar for all individuals, not considering them as members of a social class, a circumstance that defines health-needs characteristics. The results of this study are worrisome because health care delivery has been emphasizing sickness and reinforcing classification practices, rather than enabling emancipating praxis.

Keywords : Needs assessment; Health services; Scientific literature.

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