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Post an explanation of your evaluation plan for the patient in the case study provided, and explain which type of assessment tool you might use for the patient. Explain whether the assessment tool was validated for use with this patient’s specific patient population and whether this poses issues. Include additional factors that might present issues when performing assessments, such as language, education, prosthetics, etc. Also explain the immunization requirements related to health promotion and disease prevention for the patient.
Mr. Abrams, a 69-year-old man, was referred to your office for a hearing evaluation. He continues to work in a printing company, although he works only part time. He has worked at the printing company for the past 35 years. He complains that he cannot hear much of the dialogue on the television. He is accompanied by his wife, who states that her husband cannot hear her at home. He has no history of dizziness, tinnitus, or vertigo. He has had cerumen impactions removed from both ears in the past. Overall, his medical history is quite benign. His only medications are aspirin 81 mg. daily, a multivitamin daily, and occasional ibuprofen for back pain.
Suggest alternative assessment tools and explain why these tools might be appropriate for your colleagues’ patients.
Explain other health promotion considerations for patients in this population or with related issues.