A health assessment is a series of questions patients must answer regarding their behaviors, risks, life-changing events, health goals and priorities, and overall health.
Health assessments are typically structured screening and assessment tools used in primary care practices to assist the health care team and patient in developing a care plan. Health assessment data can also assist the healthcare team in understanding the needs of its overall patient population. The length and scope of health assessments can vary. They can be completed on paper or computers during or between office visits. Patients of all ages, including children and adolescents, may be asked health assessment questions.
Common health assessment questions include:
Eating well is essential.
Sedentary activities such as sitting and watching TV or playing computer games are examples of sedentary behaviors.
Consumption of alcoholic beverages.
Gambling and drug use are examples of addictive behaviors.
Bullying, violence, or physical abuse
Anxiety or depression.
Emotional and social assistance.
Wearing a seat belt while driving is one example of a safety issue.
Overall well-being or health.
In a Word® document answer the following questions.
- What have you learned so far in this course that will help you conduct effective health assessments?
- What skills do you have you gained?
- Describe any areas that are still unclear and ways you will gain clarity.