Health Assessment Of Families And Their Health

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Health is directly related to the activities in which we participate in, the food we eat, and the substances to which we are exposed to daily. Where we live and work, our gender, age, and genetic makeup also impact our health. (Nies, 2011)
Assessments of family’s health are to help focus on the control and prevention of diseases. Health assessment assist in determining an individual’s perception of their quality of life along with the family’s perception as a whole. This also helps to define a person’s level of fulfillment when looking at his or her health status. One way that we as nurses can gather information on family and their health is by using Friedman’s family assessment model. This model includes patterns such as values, perception of health, nutrition, sleep/rest, elimination, activity/exercise, cognitive and sensory perception, self-perception, role relationship, sexuality, and coping abilities. This tool helps the nurse outline, in an organized manner, of information gathered on a family’s health.
Values and perception of health refer to an individual’s view of health as well as the beliefs and opinions they hold when dealing with health promotion and their well-being. The family that was interview has a suitable pattern of health perception and management. The Martin’s are a family that try their best to incorporate good health patterns in their everyday lives. The Martin’s believe that “with good health they can live longer lives”. When asked what their

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