Families Health Assessment Part I
Analysis of Findings
The family selected for the interview exercise is a nuclear family comprising two adults and three children. The adults have been married for 13 years and are aged 41 (male partner) and 42 (female partner). The three children, two boys, and one girl are aged 9, 6, and 4. The family is Caucasian and are residents of the suburbs of Tacoma, a Suburb built-up area of Seattle in Washington State. The family is middle income with both parents working different jobs in healthcare Family Health Assessment Part I. From the interview with the parents, it emerged that the family regards itself as liberal Christians.
A Summary of Health Behavior of the Family
Interviewing the parents on a list of issues whose details are shared in the appendix revealed that the family is generally healthy and has nurtured positive health behaviors. For instance, it emerged that the family constantly seeks medical care for each of its members and is covered by private health insurance. The fact that the parents work in healthcare prompts them to regularly have all members of the family regularly checked. At home, it emerged that the parents have developed a pattern of healthy behaviors such as requiring everyone to engage in physical exercises within the house and outside. An added practice that is part of the family tradition is sleeping sufficiently especially for the children, the challenge with the parents’ sleep patterns are directly related to work as they have to balance their hours at work and the few that are left are partly used to carry out chores around the house and caring for the children. The interview revealed two important issues about the family; communication and nutrition. Family Health Assessment Part I Recognizing that their three children are still young and developing, the parents have made it a habit to engage with them constantly during mealtimes where they advise on issues such as sexuality, safety in school and at home, and self-perception. Communication is two-way for them and the three children are allowed to ask about issues they have at home and school. There exists a policy on the type of food that members take during breakfast, at school, and during dinner time. Easting of snacks is limited to weekends only and the parents monitor the nutritional values of all food consumed within the household.
Functional Health Pattern Strengths and Problems
There are two functional health pattern strengths that were identified. Closely monitoring what the foods children consume by analyzing their nutritional benefits is a huge plus (Damaceno & Chirelli, 2019). Family Health Assessment Part I Maintenance of good health is a practice that involves consuming a balanced diet, avoiding junk food, and engaging in physical exercises. The second strength identified is the choice to participate in physical activities. Exercising and performing household chores, especially for the children is important. Exercises help alleviate metabolism which is important in sustaining good health. A key barrier to health especially for parents is the amount of time spent sleeping. The long working hours away from home leaves the parents with limited time for sleep and interacting with their children. A second barrier to health identified is finance. While the family is covered by insurance, this is only to a certain extent limiting the type of medical care they can seek. A third barrier that was identified was the distance the family is from the hospitals. While the family resides in Tacoma, the insurance provider specifies the healthcare organizations that the family can seek medical care from and it is a long distance away from home Family Health Assessment Part I.
Family Systems Theory Application
Haefner (2014) has explained that family systems theory considers the family unit as an intricate social system that, among other things, is able to impact or initiate change in its members. Drawing from this, the family systems theory can be used to solicit a change in the interviewed family. Parents can use their position as the leaders of the family to influence change through what is referred to as experiential communication (Werner et al., 2018). Considering that the two parents are experienced in their respective fields in healthcare makes them valuable in communicating personal health ideals to their children and between themselves. Family Health Assessment Part I The second way in which family systems theory can be used to influence change is parental authority. Parents have authority on their children and they are able to dictate appropriate practices that children should adopt and practice.
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- Values/Health Perception
Do you often seek medical care?
Is your family healthy?
Do you trust the healthcare system in the country?
Are you particular about the nutritional values of the food you take?
Do you have a habit of reading nutrition labels on food items?
Do you have a policy on snacking?
Family Health Assessment Part I
For how long do you sleep each day?
How long after meals do you sleep?
Do you snore during sleep?
How regular is your bowel movement? / how often do you have bowel movements?
Is there a distinct odor in your bowel movement?
Does your bowel movement have a particular color?
Do you engage in physical exercises?
How often do you participate in physical activities?
Family Health Assessment Part I
Which exercises do you perform? How regular?
How would you rate your intellectual ability?
Do you think you have a sharp memory or not?
Do you ever feel confused and how often?
How good or poor is your eyesight?
O you have any hearing or taste impairment?
On a scale of 1-7, how would you rate each of your senses?
What perception do you have about your self-image?
Are you positive about the future and the unknown?
What do other people think and say about you?
- Role Relationship
How would you describe your marriage?
Does your family hold meetings and how regular are they?
Would you classify the communication among family members as fair?
How open are your family and yourself about sexuality?
How open are you about same-sex relationships?
Are you exposed to sexual health education?
How do you deal with stressful situations?
Have you sought mental health care?
Is there any mental case in your extended family?
Family Health Assessment Part I
- Health care matters
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- Difference is between nociceptive and neuropathic pain, and whether it matters?
- Social Context Matters
- the role of health care organizations in ensuring patient safety. Identify regulatory agencies and how they influence the functioning of health care organizations. Discuss the effects of liability litigation risks on health care organizations
- Health care quality occurs when: patients can access a continuum of appropriate care and service in a timely manner, patients are educated and actively participate in the planning and delivery of their care and service, clinical outcomes are achieved with excellence, patients achieve their care goals and optimum quality of life
- Health Care is one of the few remaining industries growing in the United States and within this segment of our economy Long Term Care, driven by the baby boomers, will be the fastest growing entity with in the continuum of health care.
- How realistic is it to expect health care workers to model mental, physical, and spiritual health? If Americans tend to be overweight, underactive workaholics who experience burnout, why should health care workers be any different?
- You will complete Part 1 of a case-study activity that you will continue to address next week. The case study is a true-to-life example of an ethical dilemma related to patient right to refuse care. It will provide you with an opportunity to practice application of selected decision-making models for identification and resolution of dilemma.
- Health Education Activity TOPIC – Pressure Ulcers and the Vulnerable Elderly Population @ Mary Manning Walsh You Must fill out the Module Five Health Education Activity ATTACHMENT using the following instructions below. Also using Milestone 1 and Milestone 2 attached below as reference. Instructions This week, you should be wrapping up the evaluation and reflection stages of your health education activity. Submit your completed Planner and Log worksheet. Review the Guideline and Rubric for this activity as long as the Planner and Log and Permission Letter. Remember: All planning work counts toward your eight hours!
- Explain the statement, “What may be an ethical dilemma for one registered nurse may not be an ethical dilemma for another registered nurse.”
- Develop A Solution To A Specific Ethical Dilemma Faced By A Health Care Professional By Applying Ethical Principles. Describe The Issues And A Possible Solution In A 3-5 Page Paper.
- Select An Ethical Dilemma Related To Health Policy From The Categories Of Moral Values, Professional Regulation, Health Of Individuals In Society, Or Distributive Justice. What Are The Controversies Surrounding This Issue?
- Select An Ethical Dilemma Related To Health Policy From The Categories Of Moral Values, Professional Regulation, Health Of Individuals In Society, Or Distributive Justice.
- Consider the case scenario you described in Week 6. Continue with this unfolding case scenario by assuming that the change process is proceeding in an effective manner,
- Pediatric patient evaluations must involve a combination of patient input, parent input, and your own observations from physical exams and diagnostics. As you read the following the case study, consider the source (i.e., patient, parent, or practitioner) of the provided patient information.
- Interview A Patient With A Chronic Pulmonary Health Condition Who Is On At Least Two Medications. In A 1,350-1,600-Word Paper, Discuss The Following: Obtain A Complete Health History. Obtain A Complete Medication History, Including Prescription
- An Ethical Dilemma And Case Study