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Resources for Nursing: Case Study Assignments

This guide will lead you to resources that help your study and research in the field of Nursing and Midwifery. There are also a range of learning tools that will allow you to develop your research and study skills.

How to Write a Case Study

How to Write a Case Study Paper

In order to write a case study paper, you must carefully address a number of sections in a specific order with specific information contained in each.  The guideline below outlines each of those sections.

SectionInformation to Include
Introduction (200 words)

·         Identify the selected case (condition or disease) including the significant of studying this case.

·         Illustrate the incidence/statistics of the disease/condition in Bahrain and the region/worldwide (include             literature citations).

·         Write a brief introduction about what are you going to do in this assignment and discuss the benefit behind             studying a case (include literature citations).

Nursing Assessment (300 words)

·         Describe the patient’s profile (age, gender, nationality, religion, occupation, educational level, marital status,             consciousness, orientation, status of mobility, level of dependency, etc).

·         State the patient’s reason for hospital visit / admission and history of present illness (PQRST), if applicable.

·         Identify the physical assessment findings as applicable, height / length, weight, Body Mass Index (BMI),             waist circumference for adult & head circumference for neonate, vital signs and other nursing assessment             specific to the case.

·         Identify the patient’s past medical history (illness, treatments, surgery, medications, allergies & other            relevant data) and family history.

·         Identify and analyse the relationship between the patient’s health problem, risk factors, habits, life style and            past medical history (include literature review).  For neonate: assess the parents).

·         Identify special needs of the patient/family (physical, psychosocial, financial, religious, etc.)

·         Discuss the effects of the patient’s health problem on Activities of Daily Living (ADL), social life and family.

Medical Assessment (300 words)

·         Identify the diagnostic tests which were done for your patient (laboratory tests, radiography tests, etc).

·         Identify the rationale for performing the Diagnostic tests (include literature citations).

·         Analyse and discuss the significant findings of the tests and relate them to the case (patient condition,          disease Control, risk for complications and others).

·          Identify other tests that could have been done for this client but were not done (include literature citations)

Pathophysiology of the Condition/Disease (200 words)

·         Define the disease/condition, signs/symptoms, pathophysiology & causes (include literature citations).

Medical Management (300 words)

·         Identify all the medical orders which were carried for the patient including full order for medication.

·         Critically analyse the medical management that the patient received, by comparing it with             recommendations from the literature; including other types of management that could have been done for             this client but were not done (include literature citations).

Nursing Management (300 words)

·         Identify all the nursing interventions which were carried for the patient.

·          Critically analyse the nursing management that the patient received, by comparing it with             recommendations from the literature; including other types of management that could have been done for             this client but were not done (include literature citations).

Collaborative Management (200 words)

·         Identify all the collaborative interventions which were carried for the patient.

·         Critically analyse the collaborative management that the patient received, by comparing it with             recommendations from the literature; including other types of management that could have been done for             this client but were not done (include literature citations).

Impact of the Condition on the Patient’s Quality of Life (QOL) (100 words)

·         Discuss how the condition/treatment/others affected the patient’s QOL (include literature citations).

Conclusion and Recommendations (100 words)                    

·         Based on your findings from the case study summarize what you have learned from this assignment and             Identify recommendations for improving the patients’ care and health care outcomes in the following             domains: research, education, clinical and advocacy for patient.

References

         References of cited sources in Harvard Style

Search Databases: MEDLINE, CINAHL & PsychInfo

MEDLINE &CINAHL

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BMJ Clinical Evidence

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