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The aim of the report is to critically analyse the assessment of health needs for a chosen individual patient within the community. The rationale for this is to demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical and practical links in caring for individuals

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  • Submitted: 05/04/2012
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1. Introduction

The aim of the report is to critically analyse the assessment of health needs for a chosen individual patient within the community. The rationale for this is to demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical and practical links in caring for individuals in the community. The definition of community will be discussed and the patient and community profile will be introduced. The relevant demographic and epidemiology factors will be examined and the social and kinship support networks will be identified and how they work together to provide individual holistic patient care. The role of the service providers in the community will be discussed and finally the impact of current legislation on the overall care provided will be analysed.

To protect the patient's confidentiality in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Code of Professional Conduct (2002) the pseudonym Betty Smith will be used to refer to the patient. Informed consent was sought from the community nursing team and verbal consent from the patient.

2. Definitions

The meaning and significance of community varies enormously and how one defines this is important because it influences how community representatives may be identified and communicated with

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