Family Health Assessment


Family Health Assessment
Leslie Davison
Grand Canyon University
Family-Centered Health Promotion
NRS 429v
Renita Holmes
March 10, 2012

Family Health Assessment
"A family is a set of interacting individuals related by blood, marriage, cohabitation, or adoption who interdependtly perform relevant functions by fulfilling expected roles" (Edelman & Mandle, 2010, p. 172). Merriam-Webster defines family as a group of individuals living under one roof and usually under one head (“Family“, 2012, p. 1).
In the past, a "typical" family consisted of a father, a mother and children.   These days, it can be a single mother or father and the children or husband and wife without children or it can mean same-sex couples (Edelman & Mandle). "How each member relates to one another can influence the understanding of behavior, which is demonstrated in the family's structural, functional, communicational and developmental patterns" (Edelman & Mandle, p. 172). For this reason, the nurse should do a family health assessment for health promotion and disease prevention (Edelman & Mandle). One assessment tool is Gordon's 11 Functional Health Patterns.   Using Gordon's functional assessment (Gordon, 2002, p. 1), a family assessment was completed and this paper will discuss the outcomes of that interview.
Holism and the totality of the person's interactions with the environment form the
philosophical foundations of Gordon's functional health patterns. This foundation provides
a context for collecting data that provide information about the entire person and most life
processes. By examining functional patterns and interactions among patterns, nurses
accurately determine and diagnose actual or potential problems, intervene more effectively,
and facilitate movement toward outcomes to promote health and well-being (Gordon,
2007). In addition to providing a framework to assess individuals, families, and