Sandra Weeks is the nurse manager at Lourdes Regional Rehabil-itation Center in Camden, NJ.
The FAMTOOL Family Health Assessment Tool
Article first published online: 10 JUL 2012
1997 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Volume 22, Issue 4, pages 188–191, July-August 1997
How to Cite
Weeks, S. K. and O'Connor, P. C. (1997), The FAMTOOL Family Health Assessment Tool. Rehabilitation Nursing, 22: 188–191. doi: 10.1002/j.2048-7940.1997.tb02097.x
- Issue published online: 10 JUL 2012
- Article first published online: 10 JUL 2012
The purpose of this study was to design and validate a family health assessment tool (FAMTOOL) based on a concept analysis of family and health. Preliminary testing of this instrument by a convenience sample of 80 adults resulted in an internal consistency coefficient of .90. A retest 2 weeks later produced a stability coefficient of.96. The FAMTOOL provides rehabilitation nurses with a quick, positive assessment instrument for helping patients and their family members assess their own family's health, compare responses with each other, and see strengths they might not have considered otherwise. As the family health system should be included in the initial assessment of everyone entering the healthcare system, the FAMTOOL may prove helpful to nurses in a wide variety of primary, secondary, and tertiary settings.