Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Completing a Client Assessment

The nurse reflects on the following when engaging the client:

  • What are his/her own perceptions?
  • What is the client’s addiction history?
  • What is the client’s mental health history?
  • What are the client’s goals for treatment?
  • Understands the client's perceptions of treatment
  • What does the client know about addiction and treatment choices?
  • Has the client previously sought treatment?
  • What type of program was it?
  • What was the outcome?
  • What is the client’s social situation?
  • Housing
  • Employment
  • Food security
  •  Education
  •  Social supports
  • History of criminality
  • What are actual and perceived barriers to treatment?
  • Cultural
  • Economic
  • Transportation
  • Finances/ insurance
  • Emotional
  • Psychiatric
  • Stigma
  • Other addictions
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