Setting targets: a three‐stage model for determining priorities for health promotion

Wendy J. Brown*, Selina Redman

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This paper describes a three‐stage model for setting targets for health promotion. The model was developed in 1992 in response to the need to identify priority areas for health promotion for women in the Hunter Region of New South Wales. The approach enabled epidemiological data and views from the community to be synthesised and integrated with those of experts from health and social services (key informants), using a nominal group process. The reliability of the method was investigated by replicating the process with two groups of key informants. There was considerable commonality in the targets generated by the two groups. The process resulted in the identification of seven targets that reflected the concerns of the community and local experts as well as the health priorities suggested by local epidemiological data. The model used could be adapted for determining priorities in a wide range of health and health care settings, where available resources restrict the range of services or activities which can be offered. (Aust J Public Health 1995; 19: 263–9) 1995 Public Health Association of Australia

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-269
Number of pages7
JournalAustralian Journal of Public Health
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1995
Externally publishedYes


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