Understanding Chronic Illness – A Literature Review

    November 5, 2022

Understanding Chronic Illness – A Literature Review
In Module 1, you submitted your choice of a chronic illness that you will focus on for the rest of the term.  This is the first of two papers, which will cumulatively allow you to conduct an in-depth exploration of your chosen chronic condition.
 
In this first assignment, you explore the literature in the library to provide an evidence-based overview of your chosen chronic illness from a biopsychosocial perspective.
 
Instructions:
 
Specifically, you will conduct a short review of the literature. In this paper you will gather a minimum of 4 credible sources on your chosen chronic illness for your literature review. This must include at least 3 peer-reviewed articles from the Excelsior Library and at least one credible source from a governmental or health care website. You may also use your assigned readings, but please note that these will not count toward the 4 required sources.
 
Once you have gathered your sources, you will use this literature to write a 7 – 10 page paper (not including cover page, abstract, and reference page) addressing the following:
 
1.   Define and describe your selected chronic illness.
 
State how the condition is diagnosed, symptoms, and the prevalence.
 
List and describe the precipitating factors of the illness (personal, genetic, environmental, etc.).
 
Explain which groups are more vulnerable to developing your chosen condition (e.g. older adults are more vulnerable to developing Alzheimer’s disease).
 
Explain some of the biological, psychological, and emotional aspects of the illness.
 
2.   Briefly describe commonly used treatments.
 
3.   Select a theoretical framework appropriate to the experiences of people living with the illness.  You may use any of the theories covered in your course readings or incorporate one from your literature.
 
Describe the theory.
 
Explain how your chosen theory might be applicable to 1) your chosen chronic illness and 2) an intervention in which the patient is a partner in his or her care.
 
4.   Describe this theory’s applicability for diverse populations, e.g., age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, cognitive functioning.
 
5.   Please use the following resources to ensure success in writing your paper.
 
Evaluating Resources: Evaluating Information Video Tutorial (Links to an external site.). [Video File, 06:32 min]. (Links to an external site.)
 
Citing Resources: Avoiding Plagiarism Tutorial (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)
 
Excelsior College Online Writing Lab (Links to an external site.)
 
6. Compose your work in a .doc or .docx file type using a word processor (such as Microsoft Word, etc.) and save it frequently to your computer. For those assignments that are not written essays and require uploading images or PowerPoint slides, please follow uploading guidelines provided by your instructor.
 
Check your work and correct any spelling or grammatical errors. When you are ready to submit your work, click “Upload Submission.”  Enter the submission title and then click on “Select a file to upload.” Browse your computer, and select your file. Click “Open” and verify the correct file name has appeared next to Submission File. Click on “Continue.”  Confirm submission is correct and then click on “Accept Submission

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