The Importance Of Family Health Assessment

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As explained by Loghmani, Borhani, & Abbaszadeh, (2014), to establish the specific health conditions of a given family, a family health assessment is important to be performed. In addition, this procedure gives the nurse and other health care practitioners the ability to identify the health needs of the family. Therefore, through this process the nurse achieves the opportunity to communicate with the family, examine to detect potential risks for any health issues, get opportunities for health education, and provide health. Moreover, for the nurse to effectively succeed in this assessment, the interview needs to be performed effectively, data piled appropriately, and the nurse completes the examination. Guided by the Gordon’s 11 functional health…show more content…
The main motive of this paper is to demonstrate how the nurse completes a health assessment of this family by using Gordon’s 11 identified functional health patterns approach in a holistic view of the family (GCU NRS-429V Lecture Note, 2011). Through open end questions, the nurse predicts potential problems in health perception, nutrition, sleep/rest, elimination, activity/exercise, cognitive, sensory-perception, self-perception, role relationship, sexuality, coping, and evaluates the behavioral pattern within the family. Nursing diagnoses are formulated which will assist the nurse to design a care plan according to the family’s needs. When questioned about values and health perception, the husband states that health is being free of illness. In addition, the husband expressed that being able to perform daily activities including employment is good health. On the issue of maintaining health and health…show more content…
When asked about the importance of sexuality, Mr. Brown states sexuality is being man or woman with identical sexual identity. When the couple asked about sexuality, they both agrees that their sexual relationship is satisfactory. They are happy for being able to have their three children, and says they talk to their children on simple terms on sexuality on what they need to know. The wife had tubal ligation after their third child and at the age of 45 years now, they are aware menopause will be experienced in a few years. On coping, the couple was asked of a situations that the family has experienced recently causing stress. Mr. Brown explains that not working at the moment has been stressful and affects self-esteem. Mrs. Brown states that the medical declining of maternal mother has caused stress in the last few years and financial obligations. Supporting the extended family is a thing this family treasures. This demonstrates that the family’s adaptation to internal and external pressures positively affect the coping-stress tolerance pattern of the family. In addition, how well the family is equipped to adaptation to everyday living demands determines family
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