a disease process that interests you. (Diabtes Mellitus Type 1)
approval of the selected disease process from the course faculty.
Faculty will share how to submit your topic
choice for approval.
Write a 2-3-page paper (excluding title and
Include the following sections about the
selected disease process (detailed criteria listed below and in the Grading
of disease –
One paragraph (approximately 200 words)
Includes disease description
Includes epidemiology of disease
and risk factors –
Common causes of the disease or condition
Risk factors for the disease or condition
Impact of age
Prevalence based on gender,
Genetic basis of disease
All information supported by current literature
Describes changes occurring at the cellular,
tissue, and/or organ level that contribute to the disease process.
Describes adaptation of the cells and body in
response to the disease.
Relates disease processes to manifested signs
manifestations and complications –
Describes the physical
signs and symptoms
that are important
in considering the presence of the disease.
Identifies signs that contribute to diagnosis of
Identifies symptoms that contribute to diagnosis
of the condition.
Identifies complications of the disease.
Discusses the implications to the patient
when complications are left untreated.
Includes list of common laboratory and diagnostic tests used to determine the presence of the disease.
Discusses the significance of test findings
in relation to the disease
the student has become familiar with the disorder, it is their responsibility
to locate an individual living with the disease process to interview
(interviewee). It is recommended that you find an individual first, then complete
research and writing on the topic prior to performing the interview.
The interviewee must be at least 18 years old
and able to answer questions by themselves
The interviewee must currently have the chronic
disease/disorder. If an interviewee has been diagnosed with a disease/disorder
but has NO manifestations or complications related to the disorder they DO NOT
qualify for the assignment.
Acute infections/diseases DO NOT qualify
(pneumonia, urinary tract infection, flu, colds).
The interviewee cannot be a patient from the
clinical setting or a patient from your work environment (hospitals, doctor’s
office, LTC facility, home health, etc.)
The interviewee may be a relative, friend,
colleague, or stranger.
Please use the individual’s own words in
relation to their experience with the disease/disorder.
This assignment is for educational purposes only. Students are NOT to provide any
medical/nursing advice or education to interviewees. Refer interviewee questions to their
What is the age of the individual being
interviewed? What is the relationship of the individual to you? How long have they had the disorder?
What clinical manifestations of the disorder
does the individual experience? How does
it compare to what you discovered in your resources?
What complications of the disorder does the
individual experience? How does this
compare to what you discovered in your resources?
What other medical conditions/disorders has the
individual been diagnosed with? Do their other medical conditions have any
effect on the chosen disorder?
How does the disease affect the individual’s
daily living/activities? (repeat hospitalizations, has to take a lot of meds,
any activity restrictions, a lot of appointments?)
How does the disease/disorder affect the
individual’s outlook on life? (Feel like
a burden to family, do they have good family support, feel hopeless,
optimistic, good coping mechanisms?)
What did you learn from interviewing the
Style and Organization –
References are submitted with assignment.
Uses current APA format and is free of errors.
Grammar and mechanics are free of errors.
Paper is 2-3 pages, excluding title and
At least two (2) scholarly, primary sources from
the last 5 years, excluding the textbook, are provided.
ENSURE ALL QUESTIONS ARE ANSWERED IN PROPER ORDER BASED ON THE RUBRIC