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Questions for Case Study 1 – Henry Williams Case Study
1. What are Henry’s strengths?
Henry is independent and takes care of himself along with his wife. He is slowly losing his independence due to health related issues. He is alert and oriented x3. He had a stable job in his past. He is also making responsible plans for him and his wife’s future that will benefit them. 2. What are your concerns for this patient?

One concern is the patient’s lack of knowledge about his health problems. Another concern is whether he can continue to live the way he has without assistance. Henry will not be able to care for his wife the way he needs to with his own health issues. Also his wife can no longer provide for Henry’s needs she used to fulfill, such as cooking for him. Henry’s comment about how he hopes his insurance will pay for his oxygen and inhalers raises concern for me. These health disparities may keep Henry from receiving proper care due to him not being able to afford proper health care. Also he still continues to smoke even with his illness. His breathing problems concern me too. 3. What is the cause of your concern?

A lot of my concern is based on what Henry has told me so far. He doesn’t seem to know a lot about his different diseases or how to properly care for the diseases. He tells me that he hopes the insurance will be able to cover his hospital costs, which lets me know that may be an issue. He also tells me a lot about his wife and is very honest. He admits its getting hard to care for her and that she cannot provide for him like she used to. Then obviously his present illness, COPD, is why I am concerned about his smoking habit. 4. What information do you need?

More information about Henry’s past medical history is needed. Also more about what role he plays at home. Also vital signs and a description of the pain he is experiencing. 5. What are you going to do about it?

I am going to talk to Henry and find out all the...
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