Patient and family care

Understanding family structure and style is essential to patient and family care. Conducting a family interview and needs assessment gathers information to identify strengths, as well as potential barriers to health. This information ultimately helps develop family-centered strategies for support and guidance.

This family health assessment is a two-part assignment. The information you gather in this initial assignment will be utilized for the second assignment in Topic 3.

Develop an interview questionnaire to be used in a family-focused functional assessment. The questionnaire must include three open-ended, family-focused questions to assess functional health patterns for each of the following:

  1. Values/Health Perception
  2. Nutrition
  3. Sleep/Rest
  4. Elimination
  5. Activity/Exercise
  6. Cognitive
  7. Sensory-Perception
  8. Self-Perception
  9. Role Relationship
  10. Sexuality
  11. Coping

Select a family, other than your own, and seek permission from the family to conduct an interview. Utilize the interview questions complied in your interview questionnaire to conduct a family-focused functional assessment. Document the responses as you conduct the interview.

Upon completion of the interview, write a 750-1,000-word paper. Analyze your assessment findings. Submit your questionnaire as an appendix with your assignment.

Include the following in your paper:

  1. Describe the family structure. Include individuals and any relevant attributes defining the family composition, race/ethnicity, social class, spirituality, and environment.
  2. Summarize the overall health behaviors of the family. Describe the current health of the family.
  3. Based on your findings, describe at least two of the functional health pattern strengths noted in the findings. Discuss three areas in which health problems or barriers to health were identified.
  4. Describe how family systems theory can be applied to solicit changes in family members that, in turn, initiate positive changes to the overall family functions over time.

Cite at least three peer-reviewed or scholarly sources to complete this assignment. Sources should be published within the last 5 years and appropriate for the assignment criteria.

Rubric to part 1 question

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The Hernandez family attaches a lot of importance to its health, nutrition, elimination, activity, cognitive, sensory-perception, self-perception, role relationship, sexuality, and coping skills. Mrs. Hernandez indicated that she has always tried as much as possible to ensure her family makes healthy eating and life decisions to prevent illnesses. Even though the family does not have a large income, Mr. and Mrs. Hernandez ensure that they eat a balanced diet. However, on some occasions, the family cannot afford to eat a balanced diet, resulting in them eating more carbohydrates. Although the Hernandez family acknowledges that physical exercises are essential, their busy work schedules do not allow them to exercise. This is a concern, considering exercises can help the family improve their overall health (Park et al. 2018). Mr. and Mrs. Hernandez’s busy work schedule pushes them to sleep approximately six hours every day.

Similarly, the children do not get sufficient sleep, considering they also get approximately 10 hours of sleep every day. As for the elimination,

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Patient and family care