Family Health Assessment

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Family Health Assessment
Melody Moore
Grand Canyon University
Instructor: Renita Holmes
May 10th 2013

Family Health Assessment
A comprehensive family assessment provides a foundation to promote family health (Edelman&Mandle, 2011).Gordon’s functional health patterns is a method developed by Marjorie Gordon in 1987 in which she proposed functional health patterns as a guide to establishing a comprehensive data base.(Kriegler&Harton,1992).Gordon’s eleven functional health patterns are;1)Health perception/values, 2)Nutrition, 3)Sleep/rest, 4) Elimination, 5)Activity/exercise, 6) Cognitive, 7) Sensory perception, 8) Self perception, 9) Roles/relationships, 10) Sexuality, 11) Coping. By using these categories above
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Dad has some self worth issues related to being laid off from work several months ago, he has applied for many jobs but feels he is considered ‘too old’ at 56 years old. Mom is overweight and is extremely conscious of her size. She tends to wear loose clothes and does not like to be photographed. She has tried unsuccessfully to lose weight many times. Children are confident teenagers who are popular at school. Role relationship assessment is focused on the individual’s roles in the world and relationships with others (Kriegler&Harton, 1992). The Smiths appear to have a very tight knit family. Mom loves being a nurse and has worked at the same hospital for over 20 years. The family has a wide circle of friends; he has no living family and her family still live overseas. The whole family is very social and love to entertain when at all possible. Sexuality assessment is focused on the individual’s satisfaction with sexuality patterns (Kriegler&Harton, 1992). Mom and Dad have been happily married for 20 years. They have an active and satisfying sex life. Mom still menstruates and has been considering a hysterectomy on doctor’s advice for fibroid tumors. Mom strongly does not believe in elective surgeries so struggles with heavy menses monthly and severe pain. Dad supports her decision at this time but her pain distresses him. Mom has not had a PAP in years but has an appointment for a PAP and mammogram pending.

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