Family Assessment Case Study

Pages: 3 (634 words) / Published: Aug 5th, 2016
Family assessment and its importance:
Family assessment in nursing means understanding the awareness of family members about health and well-being. This family assessment helps nurses in saving time for long time. Family assessment mainly involves judging the strength and weakness of the family. Strength based approaches include competencies of family members to understand health related issues, capacity of family members to resolve health related issues and resources to fulfill the health needs. Weakness based approaches include deficiency of knowledge about health and problems encountered by family members in solving health related matter. Nurses in the child care should assess the family members of the child because nurses act as the
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SCREEM stands for social (S), cultural (C), religion (R), economic (E), education (E) and medical (M). The selected family is the Henderson family. Tracey and Tom has limited interaction in social life (S), however they are willing to improve it and already started efforts in that direction by planning to go for lunch at Golf Club. This reflects, Henderson family has good opportunities to discuss health related issues with other people with same class group or people with more knowledge. So that there will be definitely improvement in the awareness and interest of the Henderson family about health. There is not much information provided about the cultural and religious (C & R) insight of the family. Hence in this case, it is difficult to make any cultural and religious opinion about the family. Tom is slightly concerned about the financial status (E) of the family in first six months because Tracey is not working for taking care of baby girl. Henderson family is financially capable of handling the health related issues and provide healthy life to their children. At the same time, in the current situation Henderson family is facing little financial difficulty. This difficulty can prove to be resource deficiency in future for maintaining health of the children. Educational (E) qualification of Tracey and Tom Henderson is not mentioned and looking at their profession, it looks like; either of them is not well educated. As Tracey and Tom are not well educated, it is little difficult for them to grasp health related issues and provide solution for these issues. It is difficult for them to discuss these issues with healthcare professionals. Henderson family has good access to the medical care (M) facilities. Tracy has been visiting special care nursery daily; it reflects she has good access to healthcare facility. Definitely this can prove to be beneficial for the child care (Panganiban-Corales and MedinaJr, 2011; Shittu et al.,

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