Date of Award

Summer 1981

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




The purpose of this essay is to develop an assessment guide to be used to determine the nature and degree of losses in the immobilized orthopedic patient. Immobility is defined as the inability to control the position of the body and its parts in order to execute movement. Losses inherent to the immobilized patient include changes in intrapersonal, interpersonal and environmental patterns which disrupt an individual and/or family. The assessment guide is based upon a review of the literature on psychosocial implications of mobility, immobility and loss. It is meant to be used as a reference for patient interview in order to formulate a list of nursing diagnoses, outcome criteria and associated nursing interventions for the hospitalized immobile orthopedic patient.



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