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Table 2 Emergency care needs assessment report framework

From: A Pacific needs analysis model: a proposed methodology for assessing the needs of facility-based emergency care in the Pacific region

HeadingsSub-headingsContent summary
IntroductionBackground and Context 
Methods• Methodological approach
• Tools used
• Structure and purpose of report
FindingsAssessment of current function• Existing strengths
• Staff
• Systems (processes)
• Space (environment & equipment)
• Special issues
Facilitators and barriers 
Capacity for specific roles/tasksFor example: teaching and clinical supervision
RecommendationsEC development goals• Staff
• Systems (processes)
• Space (environment / equip)
• Culture, capacity & service
EC development prioritiesIncorporates urgency of issue to be addressed, capacity to improve function and feasibility / achievability
Strategies for improving EC
• In-country / Local
• External technical assistance
• No / low cost vs requiring funding
• Matched to priorities
• Practical and feasible
Resource considerations Mindfulness of specific local context and resource issues
Potential models Suggestions and linkages to complimentary programs, funding streams, networks, other resources
Next steps
AppendicesList of people consulted 
Completed PECA tableCompleted table serves as a baseline record of capacity and function
Specific issue recommendationsFor example; ED triage, patient flow management, paediatric EC
Maps of ED (current and potential)Low cost suggestions for maximising space utility, reducing patient bottle-necks, improving flow