The aim of this coursework is to show evidence of an understanding of critical thinking, clinical reasoning and evidence based practice, with the focus being on imaging used for diagnosis.

The aim of this coursework is to show evidence of an understanding of critical thinking,

clinical reasoning and evidence based practice, with the focus being on imaging used for

diagnosis.

You are asked to produce a fictitious case study of a patient presenting with a suspected

pathology.

 

The coursework should be structured using the following headings (bold) & subheadings

(underlined):

 Introduction

A general introduction informing the reader of the content of the case study.

 

 Background

Based on your research, this section should contain a brief paragraph giving a fictitious

account of the patients’ history prior to attending for imaging, ending with the suspected

pathology.

 Heading of your chosen pathology (i.e. Heart Failure)

 Aetiology (The science of the cause of disease)

Information about your chosen pathology, including symptoms.

 DiagnosisThis section should form the main body of your work

In this section you are expected to use evidence from research to discuss the

advantages and disadvantages of any relevant imaging modalities / procedures that

can be used in the diagnosis of the chosen pathology. It is important that you critique

the evidence that you are presenting.

 Prognosis (A forecast of the course & duration of a disease)

 Treatment options

 

 Case

A fictitious account of your patient’s pathway, this should show evidence of clinical

reasoning by taking into account the information already presented on methods of

diagnosis and linking this with your fictitious patients circumstances (i.e. age / stage of

disease etc.) and also the fictitious practice context (i.e. availability of modalities).

Reference to published patient pathway guidelines (e.g. SIGN guidelines) are expected.

 

 Conclusion

A fictitious account of your patient’s journey since diagnosis, based on your research into

the effects of the pathology on those who suffer from it.

Access databases and use reference material from a Pubmed and Medline library.

 Use the Harvard system of referencing.

 Ensure that work does not exceed the stated word limit.

  1. The word count should include all text, references and quotations in the text but exclude diagrams appendices, reference lists and bibliographies.
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