Integration of Family
Intervention into the Existing Health Services
An important aspect that must be remembered at the end of
reading this manual is that family counselling and intervention
can be used as part of any health care programme. Regardless
of whether the contact is made for tuberculosis and malaria
control or for family planning measures, a health worker can
adopt family counselling techniques and use this as a means
of changing behaviour in the family. This will ensure better
acceptance of the programme by the family and enhance participation.
The use of family counselling techniques is specially useful
in families which are resistant to change and where exclusive
use of educational methods has not worked.
It is important hence for every health professional to adopt
these methods in his day-to-day practice with individuals
and families to increase compliance and acceptance of the
health care programme.
In conclusion, we would like to mention that each child
or individual should be viewed with his family in the background.
Day-to-day behaviour and living problems such as nutrition,
child rearing, hygiene, mental well being and help seeking
with regard to health are strongly influenced by the family's
own views and life style. Any inputs in the above areas without
involving the whole family may result in poor results in those
who are unmotivated for change.
It is hence important that the family be involved in all
programmes and even if the family intervention is not implemented
as a whole in all the families atleast some aspects of counselling
and intervention can be used in most families to ensure success.