A patient assessment according to Basford and Slevin (1995) is 'a carefully thought out methodical approach to gathering information and making an intellectual analysis of the data ' in simple terms, it is building a picture of the patient.
There are a great deal of factors to be given consideration when assessing a client, the most important being that the client is the most valuable source of information. Crucial factors can be gleaned from the assessment, and there are several different techniques for doing so. Therefore, it is intrinsic to set the scene before beginning the therapeutic relationship by considering interpersonal skills (Sundeen, Stuart, Rankin & Cohen 1998). The type of assessment used here, was the semi-structured approach whereby information is gathered on a document which is designed for the specific purpose. The approach is called the Care Programme Approach.
The client Davey was referred by his consultant and social worker, to the community resource centre following his discharge into the community. The purpose of this assessment interview was to primarily determine
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