Gordon's functional health patterns

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Gordon's functional health patterns is a method devised by Marjory Gordon to be used by nurses in the nursing process to provide a more comprehensive nursing assessment of the patient.

The following areas are assessed through questions asked by the nurse and medical examinations to provide an overview of the individual's health status and health practices that are used to reach the current level of health or wellness.[1][2]

  • Health Perception and Management
  • Nutritional metabolic
  • Elimination
  • Activity exercise
  • Sleep rest
  • Cognitive-perceptual
  • Self perception/self concept
  • Role relationship
  • Sexuality reproductive
  • Coping-stress tolerance
  • Value-Belief Pattern


  1. ^ Edelman, C.L., & Mandle, C.L.,(2006)In D. Como, L. Thomas (Eds.), Health Promotion Throughout the Lifespan St. Louis, Missouri: Mosby
  2. ^ Adapted from: Gordon, M. (1994) Nursing Diagnosis: Process and Application, 3d Ed. St. Louis: Mosby

Further reading[edit]

  • Marjory Gordon. Manual of Nursing Diagnosis - Eleventh Edition. ISBN 0-7637-4045-4.