Miami Dade College Gordon Functional Health Patterns framework Discussion

Miami Dade College Gordon Functional Health Patterns framework Discussion




For this assignment, identify an area of focus in community health within your own community.

I live in Florida, USA.

Using Gordon’s Functional Health Patterns framework (p. 130 in your e-text), assess the health risks in your community.
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Functional health patterns view the individual as a whole being using interrelated behavioral areas. The typology of 11 patterns serves as a useful tool to collect and organize assessment data and to create a structure for validation and communication among health care providers. Each pattern described in Table 6-2 forms part of the biopsychosocial-spiritual expression of the whole person. Individual reports and nursing observations provide data to differentiate patterns. As a framework for assessment, functional health patterns provide an effective means for nurses to perceive and record complex interactions of individuals’ biophysical state, psychological makeup, and environmental relationships. Miami Dade College Gordon Functional Health Patterns framework Discussion


Functional health patterns are characterized by their focus. Gordon (2011) uses five areas of focus: pattern; individual-environmental; age-developmental; functional; and cultural.

Pattern focus implies that the nurse explores patterns or sequences of behavior over time. Gordon’s term behavior encompasses all forms of human behavior, including biophysical, psychological, and sociological elements. Pattern recognition, a cognitive process, occurs during information collection. Cues are identified and clustered while gathering information. Patterns emerge that represent historical and current behavior. Quantitative patterns such as blood pressure are readily identified, and pattern recognition is facilitated when baseline data are available. As the nurse incorporates a broader range of data, patterns imbedded within other patterns begin to emerge. Blood pressure, for example, is a pattern within both the activity and the exercise patterns. Individual baseline and subsequent readings may present a pattern within expected norms. Erratic blood pressure measurements indicate an absence of pattern. This lack of pattern forms its own type of pattern. Functional health pattern categories provide structures to analyze factors within a category (blood pressure: activity pattern) and to search for causal explanations, usually outside the category (excessive sodium intake: nutritional pattern) (Gordon, 2011).


Food intake examples illustrate the individual-environmental focus of Gordon’s framework (Gordon, 2011). Reference to environmental influence occurs within many patterns in the form of physical environments within and external to the individual. Environmental influences in functional health patterns include role relationships, family values, and societal mores. Personal preference, knowledge of food preparation, and ability to consume and retain food govern the individual’s intake. Cultural and family habits, financial ability to secure food, and crop availability also influence food intake. Additionally, the person who secures, prepares, and serves the food controls nutritional intake for the family. Miami Dade College Gordon Functional Health Patterns framework Discussion

Each pattern also reflects a human growth and age-developmental focus (Hockenberry & Wilson, 2010). As individuals fulfill developmental tasks complexity increases. These tasks, however, provide learning opportunities for the individual to maintain and improve health. Erikson’s framework, which organizes specific health tasks for the individual to accomplish at each developmental phase of the life cycle, continues to serve as the framework to assess and plan care (Vogel-Scibilia et al., 2009). Erikson’s eight stages provide the traditional developmental assessment nurses generally use to plan care (see Table 6-3 on p. 139). Each stage presents a central task or crisis that must be resolved before healthy growth can continue (Hockenberry & Wilson, 2010). Individuals develop their sense of autonomy in early childhood and struggle with the sense of shame and doubt. When this developmental level is achieved or resolved, the child moves on to develop initiative during the next stage.

In your community assessment paper, include the following:

Identify resources in your community that would enable you to complete a community assessment and submit a summary of your findings (1–2 paragraphs).

Refer to Table 8-3: Examples of Community Strengths and Concerns, and assess the strengths and concerns of your community (2–3 paragraphs).

Identify potential barriers to implementing community health plans in your community and brainstorm  ways of addressing these barriers (2–3 paragraphs).

Table 8-3: Examples of Community Strengths and Concerns


STRENGTHS:                                                                                                CONCERNS:

Well-child clinic available                                                                            Unavailable

Feeding program accessible to older adults                                            Inaccessible

Sex education in schools acceptable                                                       Unacceptable

Family planning services accessible                                                        Inaccessible

Fluoridated water system                                                                     Nonfluoridated water system

  • Open communication                                                                             Dysfunctional communication
  • Interagency cooperation                                                                        Dysfunctional transactions
  • Adequate kitchen and plumbing facilities                                            Inadequate

High interest of key leaders in health promotion                                 Lack of interest

Your paper should be 2–3 pages in length, not including the cover and reference pages. Use APA throughout.

You must include 2–3 sources that are APA cited and referenced in your paper. (Sources may include community resources such as flyers, brochures, interviews, news stories, and local research data from credible sources.)

Review the rubric for further information on how your assignment will be graded. Miami Dade College Gordon Functional Health Patterns framework Discussion

Some Resources:

Some of the online links to available health data have been updated. You may have to do some searching on the websites for your state and local data. Here are some updated links to assist you:

US Census Bureau: (Links to an external site.)

(Links to an external site.)My Environment (EPA): (Links to an external site.)

CDC:  (Links to an external site.)

CDC: CDC – State and Territorial Health Departments – STLT Gateway

Healthy People 2020: Search for your state’s data here–…