Family Health Assessment

FamilyHealth Assessment

BriefSummary of the Findings

Sleepand Rest

Fromthe first set of questions on sleep and rest, the findings revealedthat most respondents slept for a period of 5 – 10 hours. Less thana quarter of the respondents revealed they had close family memberswho experienced sleep disorders like insomnia, bruxism and sleepwalking and talking. From the respondents who recorded a 5 – 10sleep time, most of them reported their health conditions were good.Individuals in this category, however, failed to specify the natureof the sleep disorder their close family members were facing. Assuch, it was hard to determine the causes of the conditions and toprescribe the optimum sleep hours. However, the findings wereinstrumental in determining the prevalence of selected sleepdisorders like insomnia and in determining their relationship toobesity and other lifestyle diseases.

Foodand Nutrition

Fromthe second set of questions, most respondents reported their favoritefoods as starch and/or carbohydrates. More specifically, from theresponses, the commonly mentioned foods were either starch orcarbohydrates. A large number of respondents reported to have 4 mealsper day breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack in the evening. Coffeeand tea were also mentioned. Snacks, pizza and fast food werefavorable foods to more than half of the respondents. This means thatconditions like obesity and over-weight issues were common. Thefindings also revealed that most people who preferred fast foods andthose who took more than 4 meals a day were likely to experienceobesity and related conditions (Potter et al. 2013).

Valuesand Health Perceptions

Onthe third functional health pattern, most people did not see a doctorregularly. Close to 80% of the respondents reported counselling astheir favorite model of treatment or medication. Respondents alsotermed their relationship with doctors as very good meaning theyenjoyed the experiences with physicians. The findings showed thatmost people are likely to experience health issues on a continuousbasis – this is due to lack ofregular medical check-ups (Weber,2013). Many people are also likely to succumb to illness because theydo not prefer injections, oral dosages or any other form ofdiagnosis.

Trainingand Exercise

Respondentsengaged in strenuous activities twice a week. Most of them failed tovisit gyms or to conduct light weight activities at home. In the lastone week, individuals reported to have engaged in an activity thatincreased their breathing rate online once. Most of them alsodeclared they did not have close family members who trained regularlyor those who engaged in strenuous activities. The findings thereforereveal that obesity and high blood pressure are on the rise becausemost individuals are not ready to burn fat or to engage in activitiesthat can boost blood flow. As such, individuals are likely to succumbto slight health breakdowns due to insufficient energy and lack offitness (Potter et al. 2013).

Sexuality

Anumber of respondents engaged in erotic and sexual activities twice aweek. Most respondents, however, did not engage in any sexualactivity for the last 2 weeks. Individuals did not give a consistentanswer in elaborating their sexual activities or experiences. Thismeans that respondents had contrasting views with regard to sexual orerotic encounters. The findings showed that incidences ofsexually-transmitted diseases can be on a downward trend especiallywhen you consider the number of people engaging in sexual encountersis declining. However generally, this set of questions failed toreflect on a common problem of obesity and HBP. It was also assumedthat most respondents failed to give correct responses to maintainconfidentiality and privacy.

RoleRelationship

Inrole relationship, 75% of individuals admitted to be in arelationship. Most respondents admitted to have a partner for thelast 2 months although a number admitted to have been in arelationship for more than 5 months. Findings also showed thatindividuals who were not in any relationship had broken up with theirpartners for a period of not less than 2 months. Most of those withpartners termed their relationship as fulfilling although 60%admitted they were not satisfied by their relationship for somereasons. These reasons included relationships were time-consuming,they did not like the company of their partners, some failed toconcentrate in their areas of study/career, and some faced constantemotional and psychological breakdowns. However generally, mostrespondents were satisfied with their relationships and did notreport any negative consequences.

Self-Perception

Onthe self-perception health pattern, most individuals admitted to havenot lived to full potential. More specifically, majority of therespondents did not think what they did [or the accomplishments theyhad made] was a true reflection of what they can achieve. More thanhalf responded to be always determined and confident aboutthemselves. Over 90% of the respondents believed that hard work oftenled to success and accomplishment. As such, they highly credited hardwork, determination and self-confidence. However, in criticallyexamining self-perception as a health pattern, a large number ofrespondents can be said to have a relatively higher self-esteembecause they acknowledge hard work as a basis of success. What ismore, a good number of them termed self-confidence as one of theirpersonal characteristics. However, findings from this health patternwere not homogenous in family set-ups.(In Heinemann &amp In Zeiss,2002).

Sensory-Perception

Inanalyzing sensory and nightmare, very few individuals reported tohave experienced a nightmare. A number reported to have scarythoughts and visions. Most respondents also remembered awful andhorror experiences on a periodic basis meaning they are not likely toforget a completely traumatic experience in their life. In criticallyexamining the findings from this health pattern, it can be arguedthat respondents from this end faced post-traumatic stress disordersmeaning it was hard for them to forget past horrific incidences. Partof the findings was that individuals who reported constant traumaticexperiences had had close family members with similar conditions(Weber, 2013). As such, post-traumatic stress disorder was aconditions available in family lineups.

MainClaim

Thispaper reveals one common lifestyle disease evident in families. Themain claim of the paper is that obesity is a common and popularlifestyle disease in most people due to lack of training, limitedexercise, unregulated consumption, and the tendency of people toprefer fast foods, pizza and snacks. Also, most respondents arelikely to suffer from obesity and related conditions [like high bloodpressure] due to limited sleep and lack of adequate rest duringmid-day hours. However, this claim cannot be supported by thefindings of other health patterns like self-perception, sensory,relationship and sexuality. However as seen above, a majority of thefindings connect to obesity and related weight conditions [like HBP].Individuals with close family members [suffering from obesity] werealso likely to face similar conditions. This a health means thatconducting assessment on family members is a practical way todetermine the occurrence of popular health conditions like obesityand high blood pressure (Weber, 2013).

Questionnaire

  1. SLEEP/REST

Howwould you say your health status is?

  • Excellent

  • Very good

  • Good

  • Fair

  • Poor

Doesany member of your family feature a serious health condition like asleep disorder or anxiety? If so, please specify

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Howmany hours of sleep do you have a day?

…………………………………………………………………………………………………

  1. NUTRITION

Whatis your favorite food?

………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Howmany meals do you have per day?

………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Aresnacks, pizza, or fast food your preferred choice of food? Yes or No?Please state the reason.

………………………………………………………………………………………………..

  1. VALUES/HEALTH PERCEPTION

Howoften do you see a doctor?

……………………………………………………………………………………………….

Whattype of treatment or medication do you prefer?

  • Injection

  • Oral dosage

  • Operation/surgery

  • Counselling

  • Diagnosis

Howcan you term your health experience with doctors?

  • Excellent

  • Very good

  • Good

  • Fair

  • Poor

  1. TRAINING OR EXERCISE

Howmany times per week do you engage in strenuous activity?

………………………………………………………………………………………………

Whattype of exercise do you prefer?

  • Sit-ups

  • Push-ups

  • Stretch exercises

  • Jogging

  • Light weight training

  • All of the above

Inthe last 1 week, how many times have you engaged in an activity thatincreased your breathing rate?

………………………………………………………………………………………….

  1. SEXUALITY

Howoften do you engage in sexual activities?

…………………………………………………………………………………………

Howcan you term a sexual experience?

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Howoften are you sexually active?

  • Everyday

  • Once a week

  • Regularly

  • Seldom

  • Never

  • Any other

  1. ROLE RELATIONSHIP

Areyou currently in any relationship?

………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Howlong have you been in a relationship?

……………………………………………………………………………………………….

Howcan you term the status of the relationship? Is it fulfilling or not?Kindly specify.

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  1. SELF PERCEPTION

Doyou think you have always lived up to your potential?

…………………………………………………………………………………………….

Areyou always self-determined?

………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Doyou believe that hard work and determination lead to success?

………………………………………………………………………………………………….

  1. SENSORY/PERCEPTION

Doyou have nightmares or has anyone ever said you had a night mare?

………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Howoften do you have scary thoughts or visions?

…………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Howoften do you remember past horror/sorrowful experiences?

  • Regularly

  • Always

  • Seldom

  • Never

  • Any other

References

InHeinemann, G. D., &amp In Zeiss, A. M. (2002). Teamperformance in health care: Assessment and development.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Potter,P. A., Perry, A. G., Hall, A., &amp Stockert, P. A. (2013).Fundamentalsof nursing.New York: Barons Press.

Weber,J. (2013). Nurses`handbook of health assessment.Philadelphia, Pa: Lippincott Williams &amp Wilkins. 5thEd.