The ‘At Risk’ Concept

  • G. J. Ebrahim
Part of the Tropical Community Health Manuals book series


Clinics looking after a large number of mothers and children find it necessary to identify those who may be expected to get into difficulties at some time in the future because of biomedical, social or cultural reasons and to assist them with additional care and supervision. It is common experience that serious illness occurs more commonly in certain families. Nutritional deficiencies and other illnesses of children rarely occur alone; they are commonly associated with poverty, bad family relationships, poor hygiene and living conditions, strong cultural resistance to accepting new ideas and other similar detrimental influences. Pregnant women and children from such families are in danger of running into difficulties and by identifying them early for special attention and care the following advantages may occur:
  1. (1)

    Illnesses and other difficulties can be anticipated and avoided.

  2. (2)

    When difficulties do arise they can be detected early before they assume serious proportions.

  3. (3)

    Adequate standards of care and supervision may be maintained for these families; negligence on the part of patients to attend regularly or to act on advice can be detected and corrected early.



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© G.J. Ebrahim 1978

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