Case Study; Alan Thompson is a nurse in community health and a member of a committee assigned to assess the health care needs of the aging “baby boomers”
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Alan Thompson is a nurse in community health and a member of a committee assigned to assess the health care needs of the aging “baby boomers” in Duxbury County. Mr.
Thompson and his committee are aware that as the baby-boomer population ages, health care professionals need to prepare for a rapid increase in the number of people
older than 65 years of age. The committee’s purpose is to make suggestions to the health department and county officials about how to prepare for the influx in health
services that will be needed for these older adults.
Currently, 25% of the population in Duxbury County are older than 65 years. However, in 25 years this percentage is expected to increase more than 50%. Currently, five
primary care providers are in the county, with service waiting lists ranging from 1 to 3 weeks; only one of these providers specializes in geriatric care. One 54-bed
long-term nursing care facility is in the northern region of the spacious county. Because of rural roads, there is no public transit system. However, residents may
call a hospital shuttle program if they need transportation to a physician’s appointment.
The first step of community assessment is clearly defining the client. What are the geographic boundaries of the community of interest? Which people are members of
this community? What characteristics do they have in common?
What methods of data generation should Mr. Thompson use to assess the community’s knowledge and beliefs, values and sentiments, goals and perceived needs, norms,
problem-solving processes, power, leadership, and influence structures?