Social Implications of Medical Issues

Psychosocial Issues in Huntington’s Disease. Discuss psychosocial issues in Huntington’s disease. Some of the issues may be from the following list. Use at least 3 of the following or 3 of your own, and provide a resource for your findings. Respond to at least one other student in an evaluative or informative manner, not by stating “I agree.”

a. Individuals and their families must cope with continuing losses, both physical and mental, as the condition progresses.

b. The cognitive and behavioral changes for affected individuals may make it more difficult for them to cope.

c. Individuals and family members may feel helpless and hopeless.

d. Faulty judgment and impulsivity related to behavioral changes may result in unsafe situations for the individual.

e. As the condition progresses, individuals become less able to care for themselves and thus become more dependent on others.

f. As communication becomes more difficult, social interactions also become more difficult, resulting in increasing social isolation.

g. Personality changes that may produce violent or hostile behaviors may stress support systems.

h. Because Huntington’s disease has a genetic component, family members may seek out genetic counseling to determine if they carry the Huntington gene and may want to make decisions related to pregnancy.


Parkinson’s Disease Discussion Paper. Watch the video, My Father, My Brother, and Me; Understanding Parkinson’s a Frontline presentation. After viewing the video, read through the PBS Frequently Asked Questions.

Write a 3-4 page paper (excluding the title and reference pages) in APA format in which you cover the following content elements:

Describe/discuss what you believe are the four most significant concepts from the video

Describe two challenges in finding a cure

Discuss two aspects of the stem cell controversy

Describe two approaches that help people cope with this disease

Discharge Plan. Consider: A client, diagnosed with schizophrenia, is the subject of a discharge planning conference. The major focus of the discharge plan is concerned with maintaining independence in daily living and employment. From your knowledge of schizophrenia, list two specific issues that should be considered in the discharge planning for the client’s return to employment and community living.

a. Describe each of the two issues.

b. Provide a thoughtful intervention for each of the issues. Briefly identify who would be included in the plan, what is to be done, and identify at least one barrier to success.

c. Support your discussion with two literature resources in addition to the Text. One of the resources must be a scholarly journal; the other may be a professional website, i.e., American Psychological Association. Remember to use APA style to format your citation(s).

d. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings.

Chronic Illness. Watch the MSNBC video Americans Living with Chronic Illness that ran on the “Today Show” on 1/25/07 with Meredith Vieira. (The video runs 7 min and 26 sec.)

In Chapters 5-9 of the text, several medical conditions are discussed. Select one of the conditions and explore the psycho-social dimensions of the condition in greater detail than is found in the text. Write a three-to-four page paper (excluding the title and reference pages) in APA format.

Support Program Hunt. Find one innovative and/or experimental client education or support program relating to one of the diagnoses discussed in the required readings, Chapters 10-13. In the post:

a. Identify and describe the program/innovation

b. State the purpose of the program/innovation

c. Identify the target population for the program

d. Report the results/outcomes of the program/innovation

e. Cite the references (two, at minimum) in addition to the Text

f. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings


Final Paper Outline. This outline will help prepare you to write the final paper. The outline must contain:

a. Introduction with thesis statement

b. Major headings

c. Conclusion

d. Reference page containing at least three articles from your research that you have read. The articles used should be current (published within the last five years) and be listed in APA format.

Skin Conditions. Discuss the psychosocial and vocational impact of skin conditions. Specifically address at least two, and provide suggestions for introducing the affected person into the work environment. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings.


Case Study Analysis. Read the Case Studies on page 440 of your textbook. Select one of the cases and in a 3-4 page paper (excluding title and reference pages), describe the condition that is presented in the case and discuss how the condition will affect the individual’s social experiences. Include a minimum of 3 APA references.

Use the following format:

a. Title Page

i. Topic of the Paper

ii. Student Name

iii. Name of the Course

iv. Instructor Name

v. Date Due

b. Introduction: In an introductory paragraph, provide an overview of the selected case, and main points of the paper.

c. Body:

i. In a separate paragraph, describe the case selected for this paper.

ii. Describe the condition presented in the selected case, including signs and symptoms, course of the disease, prognosis, and resultant needs of the patient.

iii. Discuss the various ways in which the condition will affect the individual’s social experiences. Include:

Spouse, significant other, or those most closely or intimately associated with the individual

Family and extended family

Community and other social groups or support systems (Work, clubs, religious organizations, volunteer groups, or support groups, for example.)

iv. The discussion must be informative, insightful, and reflect critical thought.

d. Conclusion: Provide a brief summary of the case, the condition, and how it impacts the individual’s social experiences.

e. Reference Page

i. APA style

The U.S. Health Care System. The U.S. Health Care System is frequently criticized as being expensive and lacking coverage of the total population. On the other hand, the U.S. Health Care System is innovative and frequently used by foreign residents for treatment. Managed care was a response to the cost, quality and coverage concerns. Consider the issues of care coordination, prevention practices, formulary medication costs, delay in getting appointments or tests, denial of referrals to specialists, inadequate skill of physicians and the need for specific approval by an MCO before the most effective medication for the treatment of a condition can be obtained if the drug is not listed in the plan’s formulary. Assume a position either for or against managed care. Find two articles supporting your position as it relates to the client population in this course. The post will contain:

a. A statement identifying a support of or opposed to position

b. Support of the position using the Text and two additional references. If you use health care systems of other countries as a comparison, please give the resource information for other students to read and compare the systems

c. Make two suggestions that may enhance managed care for the population of clients discussed in this course.

d. Discuss how a society’s social values influence the provision of and payment for health services. Give two examples.

e. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings.



Focus of the Research Paper

The final research paper for the course must be submitted to the instructor no later than 11:59 p.m. of the time zone in which you reside on the last day of the course.

The purpose of the Research Paper is to provide the student an opportunity to investigate a specific issue or topic and research current literature. Your paper must be 8 to 10 pages long and include at least five sources from the Ashford Online Library.

In the Research Paper cover the following content specifications:

Identify a chronic disease or condition and:

§ Describe the disease or condition from the medical perspective.

§ Provide statistics/data on the numbers of people dealing with/afflicted by the condition. Your data can be city, (e.g. San Francisco, New York, Tulsa, etc.), county, state, e.g. Iowa, Georgia, CA), or US wide specific. Make sure to cite your sources both in-text, and a reference page.

§ Research, identify, and discuss psycho –social challenges of the afflicted patient population.

§ Research and discuss a minimum of two research projects concerning the condition. Include the location of the research projects, and the numbers of people/patients involved in the research studies.

§ Research, identify, and describe two successful community based programs that help in meeting the needs of the population. How many constituents are served by the programs? Budget? How long in operation? Funding source (s)?

§ Describe a minimum of two interventions that could be suggested to assist in minimizing the impact of the illness/condition. Justify implementation of the two interventions you are recommending.

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