Evaluation Of An Individual Living With Osteoarthritis ( Oa ) Essay

1934 WordsNov 30, 20148 Pages
Introduction The following is a report of a subjective interview in relation to an individual living with Osteoarthritis (OA). The participant was an 80 year old female who lives independently with her husband, with symptoms mostly affecting her hands and feet, as well as previous history of knee and hip problems. The interview was conducted in a room in AD block at AUT Akoranga campus where both the participant and all three students were present. The interview was recorded and analysed using an audio recorder and written notes, with one student assuming the role of the interviewer and the others documenting the interview, all done with the consent of the participant. The model of health being used will be the Te Whare Tapa Wha model. The Te Whare Tapa Wha – meaning strong house – is a Maori model of health which links the power and symmetry of four walls of a house to different aspects of health. There are four aspects of Te Whare Tapa Wha these are taha hinengaro (mental health), taha whanau (Family), taha wairua (spiritual) and taha tinana (physical). All four aspects relate to each other, and cannot contribute to health without the other, just like how walls of a house cannot contribute to holding the roof without each other (Durie, 1998). The 3 main themes that were expressed in the interview were her positive outlook on the condition, the importance of a wider support network and mainly how proper education on the condition can influence how the condition is
Open Document