Family Resources

  • David E. Swee

Abstract

Before the modern era of family migration and separation, it would have seemed unnecessary to discuss the use of the family as a resource in medical care. There was no other resource. This was due to the natural fidelity of the family and its sense of common purpose in a hostile world, and also to the lack of other sources of support. There were few social agencies, governmental welfare programs, or even private services that an individual could turn to in a time of need. Moreover, both individual and family pride would have prohibited acceptance of such “outside” assistance. Instead, when a family member fell ill, the physician naturally called on the family for physical, emotional, spiritual, and financial support of the ill individual. Today, family physicians are rediscovering the family as a resource in medical care. The questions they are asking themselves are: why use the family, can the family really make a difference, how can I identify family resources, how do I utilize family resources, and what are the implications of using the family as a resource?

Keywords

Family Physician Family Functioning Family Resource Family Life Cycle Primary Care Giver 
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