OBJECTIVE: To present rapid appraisal as a qualitative technique for researching the perceived needs of a population, which is valid, rapid and cheap. DESIGN: Qualitative method: semi-structured interviews with key informants, focus group. SETTING: A poor quarter with 2921 inhabitants in the city of Buenos Aires. PARTICIPANTS: Key informants: people resident in the area for over 10 years. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: The main problems perceived by the community were: environmental pollution because of the accumulation of rubbish, alcohol and drug abuse among the young, and the need to extend the opening hours of the area's health centre. CONCLUSIONS: The needs perceived surpassed specific medical problems. They covered social questions, environmental problems and how to organise the health care system.
Lotersztain, M., Zorat, M., Lecouna, M., & Motta, M. (2000). Uso del método de rapid appraisal para identificar las necesidades percibidas en un barrio de clases bajas de la ciudad de Buenos Aires. Atencion Primaria / Sociedad Española de Medicina de Familia y Comunitaria, 26(10), 690–692. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0212-6567(00)78753-1