Family Health Assessment

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Emily.Lee.Week4.Family Health Assessment
Grand Canyon University: N429
May 12, 2013

Questions
How would you describe your overall health?
What are most important things you do to keep yourself healthy? What are your basic food intakes consist of?
How is your appetite? Any weight gain or loss recently?
How many hours do you sleep? Do you use any sleep aids?
Any relaxation must before going to bed? Any ritual before going to bed? How is your elimination pattern?
Do you have any problem with urination or bowel control? Use any laxatives? What do you do on your spare time?
How will you describe your overall mobility?
Use any hearing aid or reading glasses?
What is primary language? Do you read newspaper or watch news? Any learning disability? How do you feel about your own self? Any problems you are dealing with at this current moment? Any fear, depression, anxious or not able to control things? Loosing hope? Any family problems at this time? (nuclear or extended family) Any big changes in your life last two years?

Who do you talk to cope with the crisis? Is this person available to you now or no longer available? In life, how do you handle stress?
What is your living situation?
Are you a sole provider to your family?
Sexual relationship satisfying?
Any changes or problem?
Do you drink alcohol; use any medications, drugs to relax during crisis? Do you feel tense or relaxed most of the time?
Important plan for future?
Is religion important to you?
Do you feel like you get things you want from life?

Marjory Gordon developed Gordon’s functional health patterns to be used by nurses providing a more comprehensive assessment of the patient. Gordon’s functional health patterns consist of 11 health patterns to collect data for nursing diagnosis. The data collection from the assessment provides the nurse an overview of the individual’s health status and health practices that are used to reach the current status. Collection of the data from Gordon’s functional health pattern is an important tool to formulate nursing diagnosis in prevention of illness as well as strategies to promote health and wellness. The questions above asked by this author will provide an overview of this author’s own family’s health status and health practices that are used to reach the current level of wellness. Here is the data collection from the interview of the author’s family functional pattern for health and wellness.

In health perception and management, S. Lee (personal communication, May 9, 2013) states that overall health was in a good condition. He feels like his family was as well. When he compares his physical appearance to his friends, he feels that he looks younger. He does not have chronic diseases that require medication or substantial procedures like surgery. He is a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service and walks nine hours six days a week. “I do not take any western medicine. I don’t like to if I don’t have to. However, I’m planning to go see a Herbalist to get some boyuck to help me feel energized” (S. Lee, personal communication, May 9, 2013). Boyuck, a form of Korean traditional medicine, is an herbal tea that is boiled with hot water over several hours a day. Korean traditional medicine originated in ancient and prehistorical times and was heavily influenced by traditional Chinese medicine, including herbal medicine, acupuncture, aromatherapy, heat therapy and meditation ("An ancient medical," 03). J. Lee (personal communication, May 9, 2013) strongly believes that boyuck is the best way to manage overall health. Using natural remedies are considered the best ways to stay on top of health.

Typical daily meals consist of a bowl of rice, a stew or large bowl of soup, few side dishes that are made of sautéed vegetables and pickled cabbage or cucumbers. J. Lee (personal communication, May 9, 2013) is very excited to talk about her family’s overall appetite. “They love my...
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