A critique of the model
The previous section has demonstrated how Riehl’s Model of Care has been applied within a variety of health-care situations. The use of FANCAP as an assessment tool has been clearly demonstrated, and the development of in-depth assessment into therapeutic care planning, delivery and evaluation has been addressed through a selection of perspectives. The care plans have added considerably to the previously published British material (Arumugam, 1985, 1989; Aggleton and Chalmers, 1989), especially in the illustration of the working through of the plans. The care plans should be seen as `developing the body of knowledge’ in the application of a model that is still in its infancy. We hope that the text will enable you to consider using Riehl’s Model of Care, or at the very least, exploring her theoretical framework and applying your new knowledge and skills appropriately.
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