The Assignment

Assignment (3–4 pages, not including title and reference pages):

Assignment Option 1: Adult Assessment Tools or Diagnostic Tests:
Include the following:

  • A description of how the assessment tool or diagnostic test you were assigned is used in healthcare.
    • What is its purpose?
    • How is it conducted?
    • What information does it gather?
  • Based on your research, evaluate the test or the tool’s validity and reliability, and explain any issues with sensitivity, reliability, and predictive values. Include references in appropriate APA formatting.

Assignment Option 2: Child Health Case:
Include the following:

  • An explanation of the health issues and risks that are relevant to the child you were assigned.
  • Describe additional information you would need in order to further assess his or her weight-related health.
  • Identify and describe any risks and consider what further information you would need to gain a full understanding of the child’s health. Think about how you could gather this information in a sensitive fashion.
  • Taking into account the parents’ and caregivers’ potential sensitivities, list at least three specific questions you would ask about the child to gather more information.
  • Provide at least two strategies you could employ to encourage the parents or caregivers to be proactive about their child’s health and weight.


Instructions for the paper!

For the paper assignment you are to choose one of the 4 options for tests. You will pick either fecal occult blood test, pap smear, rapid strep testing in children or rapid influenza. There are four options for case scenario. You pick one case scenario that you want to build your test around.

For example a 12 year old girl comes complaining of a sore throat (this part I created) upon history taking I noticed that she seems sad or quiet and when asking questions about school and friends using the HEADSS tool I realized she is being bullied. On further history taking I noticed her parents are very thin and after talking with the parents found out they recently lost their job and are struggling to make it month to month (I created this portion of the story). I hope this example helps. Giving you a prompt and letting you build your patients story really challenges you as the student to incorporate your experience and what you’ve been learning.

  • Fecal occult blood test
  • Pap smear
  • Rapid strep testing in children
  • Rapid Influenza testing in children and adults
  • 5-year-old Asian girl of normal weight with obese parents who is home schooled
  • Severely underweight 12-year-old Hispanic girl with underweight parents who has been bullied in school just recently
  • 32-year-old Caucasian male with a history of obesity who lives in a rural community and is unemployed
  • 75-year-old non-English speaking female recently diagnosed with breast cancer