Social Assessment in AIDS Nursing

Historically, and even in present times, the social assessment of a patient (that is, a thorough assessment of all aspects of the patient’s culture, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, education level,family life, lifestyle and values) has not always formed as important a part in the plan of care  as would be ideal.   As nursing develops a more holistic approach to patient care — one that encompasses all aspects of a patient: mental, physical, psychosocial and spiritual  – the social assessment is becoming more central to the formation of the patient’s plan of care. This paper reviews the multimedia presentation of  the “Social Assessment/Analysis Framework” and the article “Characterizing Social Support: Global and Specific Social Support Experiences for HIV-Infected Youth”, then discusses the general importance of social assessments for AIDS patients.