Symptoms And Symptoms Of A Chronic Illness Essay

1144 Words Nov 19th, 2016 5 Pages
As the population ages, there is an increasing number of families affected by chronic illness. In response to this trend, health care organizations are increasing efforts to prevent disease and promote health (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015). Nurses are well-positioned to help families lead healthier lives by offering ways that they can support their loved ones during illness. The family nurse considers the family as a unit when planning care because all members of the family are affected when a person is ill. In this paper, I will choose a chronic illness that affects a patient in my practice and discuss three ways to improve the health of the patient and family as they deal with the illness.
Description of a Chronic Illness that Affects Families at the Spine Center
At the spine center, our goal is to decrease acute and chronic pain caused by nerve or spine conditions. While we treat many patients experiencing acute illnesses, the most common chronic diseases that we treat are cancer, fibromyalgia, and arthritis. One patient that we treat, Lucia, is the grandmother of a Hispanic family. She has low back pain caused by arthritis and is scheduled to have a series of nerve blocks to determine if a nerve ablation will decrease her pain. The family consists of her son Carlos, daughter-in-law Sofia, and their three children. Lucia lives with them and they are a close family. Lately, her pain has increased, limiting her mobility and emotionally…

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