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MSN6021 – Biopsychosocial Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice I

Week 1 Discussion

DQ1 Review of Evidence for Treating Specific Disorders

For this discussion you will review evidence related to achieving high-quality outcomes for a specific condition, disease, or disorder that has characteristics related to metabolic balance or glucose regulation.

The following are some examples that would be appropriate to research for this discussion (if you would like to pursue a different topic, please check with your instructor):

Cancer.

Diabetes (type 2).

HIV/AIDS.

Hyperthyroidism.

Hypothyroidism.

Metabolic syndrome.

Obesity.

Polycystic ovary syndrome.

Prediabetes.

Pregnancy.

In your initial post, complete the following. Be sure to follow the requirements for initial postings found in the Faculty Expectations Message (FEM).

Select a disorder, disease, or condition that has a basis in metabolic balance or glucose regulation.

Summarize a minimum of two pieces of evidence (journal articles, best practices, guidelines from professional organizations, et cetera) related to the treatment of your chosen disorder, disease, or condition.

Cite your evidence using APA style, as appropriate.

Analyze how the evidence you summarized can help achieve high-quality patient outcomes for the chosen disorder, disease, or condition.

Briefly reflect on how this evidence could be applied in your past, current, or desired future practice.

Response Guidelines

In your response post, address one or more of the following. Be sure to follow the requirements for response posts found in the Faculty Expectations Message (FEM).

Suggest additional evidence relevant to your peer's chosen condition, disease, or disorder, and explain how that evidence could contribute to achieving high-quality patient outcomes.

Suggest additional ways in which the evidence that peer has presented could be leveraged to achieve high-quality patient outcomes.

Share a relevant experience from your personal practice about using evidence to achieve high-quality patient outcomes for your peer's chosen disorder, disease, or condition

Learning Components

This activity will help you achieve the following learning components:

Identify contemporary evidence (from within the last five years) relevant to a specific topic.

Apply APA formatting.

Identify valuable and relevant evidence for a specific topic.

Use evidence to support claims.

Explain relevant clinical aspects of a condition, disease, or disorder that has impaired glucose or metabolic imbalance as related aspects.

Identify conditions, diseases, or disorders that that have impaired glucose or metabolic imbalance as related aspects.

Resources

Discussion Participation Scoring Guide.

DQ2 Creating a Disorder-Specific Case Study

Creating a Disorder-Specific Case Study

For this discussion, you will create a brief case study to share with your peers. It will be related to a specific condition, disease, or disorder that has characteristics of metabolic balance or glucose regulation.

The purpose of this discussion will be to deepen your understanding of your chosen condition, disease, or disorder. It will also provide your peers with a brief case study to consider as the course progresses toward the Unit 3 assignment. This will be useful, as the Unit 3 assignment will ask you to select a specific condition, disease, or disorder that has characteristics of metabolic balance or glucose regulation and create an in-depth concept map for it.

For the case study, address the following. Be sure to follow the requirements for initial postings found in the Faculty Expectations Message (FEM).

Describe the history of present illness.

Explain the patient's past medical history.

Present relevant diagnostics.

Lab results.

Therapeutics.

Assessments.

Response Guidelines

In your response post, address one or more of the following. Be sure to follow the requirements for response posts found in the Faculty Expectations Message (FEM).

Share relevant information or experiences from your personal practice related to the presented condition, disease, or disorder and suggestions for how the shared information could be used to enhance the case study.

Discuss ways in which you could envision applying the case study to help improve your understanding of the presented condition, disease, or disorder and to help you address aspects of the Unit 3 assignment.

Learning Components

This activity will help you achieve the following learning components:

Explain relevant clinical aspects of a condition, disease, or disorder that has impaired glucose or metabolic imbalance as related aspects.

Identify conditions, diseases, or disorders that that have impaired glucose or metabolic imbalance as related aspects.

Identify contemporary evidence (from within the last five years) relevant to a specific topic.

Identify valuable and relevant evidence for a specific topic.

Resources

Discussion Participation Scoring Guide.

Writing Basics: Element of the Case Study.

MSN6021 – Biopsychosocial Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice I

Week 2 Discussion

DQ1 Concept Map

A concept map is a visual representation that shows individual relationships between concepts, principles and personal or professional connections. The purpose of a concept map is to allow practitioners to visualize connections between ideas, connect new ideas to previous, and to organize ideas logically.

For this discussion, you will create an initial draft of a concept map that you can refine and expand upon for the Concept Map assignment due by the end of Unit 3. You may base this concept map on any of the case studies presented in the Vila Health: Concept Maps as Diagnostic Tools presentation, on the example case studies from Unit 1, or your own case study.

Your concept map should be related to your chosen case study and should illustrate the relationship between the patient; the condition, disease, or disorder; and the various diagnostic and treatment considerations. In your concept map, display the following elements (you will likely want to submit your concept map as an attachment in the discussion area):

Key information about the patient.

Key information about the condition, disease, or disorder.

Key decisions that a nurse would make to determine the best diagnostic and/or treatment options.

Relevant facts related to the case study that help to illustrate support for decisions.

Connectors to indicate relationships between the patient, condition, and decisions.

You should also post a brief, 1–2 sentence summary of the case study you are using as the basis for your concept map to help provide the context for your map.

Cite at least one source of scholarly or professional evidence that supports your concept map and decisions made regarding care.

Response Guidelines

In your response post, address the following. Be sure to follow the requirements for response posts found in the Faculty Expectations Message (FEM).

Briefly describe your understanding of your peer's concept map.

Be sure to point out aspects that you find easy to interpret and areas where the meaning might be unclear.

Provide at least one suggestion for an additional connection that could help to clarify the information or improve the care for the patient in the case study.

Learning Components

This activity will help you achieve the following learning components:

Explain how a particular piece of evidence is relevant to a specific topic.

Communicate clearly the links between one or more concepts.

Explain specific components of a concept map.

Explain how a particular piece of evidence is linked to best practices, professional guidelines, or regulatory standards.

Explain how a particular piece of evidence is a valuable building block for a specific care approach.

Identify connections and relationships between specific clinical considerations of a condition, disease, or disorder.

Identify relevant clinical aspects of a condition, disease, or disorder that has impaired glucose or metabolic imbalance as related aspects.

Develop a concept map.

Identify components of a concept map.

Resources

Discussion Participation Scoring Guide.

Concept Map Template [DOCX].

Vila Health: Concept Maps as Diagnostic Tools | Transcript.

How to Make a Concept Map.

DQ2 Organizing Care in Your Personal Practice

In the first discussion in this unit you created a concept map based on a case study. For this discussion, explore the ways in which you or your practice setting utilize tools like concept maps, or other tools and technology, to help plan and organize care for patients.

In your discussion post, address the following. Be sure to follow the requirements for initial postings found in the Faculty Expectations Message (FEM).

Describe at least two tools that you or your practice setting commonly use to help plan and organize the care of patients (concept maps, electronic medical records, care plans, algorithms, smart phone or computer task managers, et cetera).

How do these tools help to organize and make treatment decisions?

How do these tools help contribute to the achievement of positive outcomes for patients?

Share any tips you have for your peers about how they might best apply these tools to their practice.

Response Guidelines

In your response post, address the following. Be sure to follow the requirements for response posts found in the Faculty Expectations Message (FEM).

Share relevant information or experiences from your personal practice or setting related to the tools that your peer shared, especially how the tools positively impact your practice.

Learning Components

This activity will help you achieve the following learning components:

Communicate clearly the links between one or more concepts.

Understand the purpose of a concept map.

Explain specific components of a concept map.

Explain how a particular piece of evidence is a valuable building block for a specific care approach.

Explain how a particular piece of evidence is linked to best practices, professional guidelines, or regulatory standards.

Resources

Discussion Participation Scoring Guide.

MSN6021 – Biopsychosocial Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice I

Week 3 Discussion

Interprofessional Strategies to Improve Clinical Outcomes

For this discussion you will be asked to examine the ways in which interprofessional strategies and collaboration can be applied to improve clinical outcomes. Working across departments and role groups can be a critical component in ensuring the best possible clinical outcomes related to the three Ps: pathophysiology, pharmacology, and physical assessment.

In your discussion post, address the following. Be sure to follow the requirements for initial postings found in the Faculty Expectations Message (FEM).

How can interprofessional communication and collaboration strategies assist in driving patient safety, efficiency, and quality outcomes with regard to specific clinical and biopsychosocial considerations?

Provide one example from your personal practice of how advances in technology have helped interprofessional collaboration.

What interprofessional strategies do you recommend health care providers take in order meet patient-centered safety and outcome goals?

Provide one example from your current or past professional practice or from a topic of interest to you.

Response Guidelines

In your response post, address one or more of the following. Be sure to follow the requirements for response posts found in the Faculty Expectations Message (FEM).

Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of one or more of the interprofessional strategies presented by your peer. If possible, approach your response considering how these strategies would apply to your current position or care setting.

Share an additional interprofessional strategy, and explain why you think it would be useful to your peer.

Learning Components

This activity will help you achieve the following learning components:

Identify interprofessional strategies that are relevant to a desired outcome.

Explain how a specific interprofessional strategy will help achieve a desired outcome.

Explain why a specific interprofessional strategy is appropriate in a certain case or context.

Identify appropriate interprofessional strategies.

Craft communication in a way that meets the audience at their level of content understanding.

Resources

Discussion Participation Scoring Guide.

MSN6021 – Biopsychosocial Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice I

Week 4 Discussion

DQ1 Relationship Between Inflammation, Infection, and Pain and a Metabolic or Glucose Condition

For this discussion you may want to take a further look at the condition, disease, or disorder that you used as the basis for your Unit 3 Concept Map assignment. If you want, you could also choose a new condition, disease, or disorder, as long as it has relevant metabolic or glucose-related considerations.

In your discussion post, address the following. Be sure to follow the requirements for initial postings found in the Faculty Expectations Message (FEM).

In your chosen condition, disease, or disorder, what are the signs and symptoms or patient complaints that are related to inflammation and infection?

In what ways does the inflammation associated with your chosen condition relate to the disease process and impact treatment options?

In what ways does the infection potential associated with your chosen condition relate to the disease process and impact treatment options?

In your chosen condition, disease, or disorder, what are the signs and symptoms or patient complaints that are related to acute or chronic pain?

In what ways does the pain associated with your chosen condition relate to the disease process and impact treatment options?

Response Guidelines

In your response post, address one or more of the following. Be sure to follow the requirements for response posts found in the Faculty Expectations Message (FEM).

Comment on any additional considerations related to inflammation, infection, or pain relevant to your peer's chosen condition, disease, or disorder.

Share experiences from your own practice with regard to any inflammation, infection, or pain considerations relevant to your peer's chosen condition, disease, or disorder.

Learning Components

This activity will help you achieve the following learning components:

Identify the relationship between symptoms of inflammation, infection, and pain to a condition, disease, or disorder that has impaired glucose or metabolic imbalance as related aspects.

Explain the relationship between symptoms of inflammation, infection, and pain to a condition, disease, or disorder that has impaired glucose or metabolic imbalance as related aspects.

Identify contemporary evidence (from within the last five years) relevant to a specific topic.

Use evidence to support claims.

Resources

Discussion Participation Scoring Guide.

DQ2 Experience Working With Inflammation, Infection, and Pain in Personal Practice

This discussion will focus on sharing your experiences with treating and planning care for patients experiencing issues with inflammation, infection, and pain related to an imbalance or alteration in glucose metabolism. For your initial discussion post, address the following. Be sure to follow the requirements for initial postings found in the Faculty Expectations Message (FEM).

Describe one or more experiences from your practice where you had to treat a patient who was experiencing issues with inflammation, infection, and pain related to metabolic imbalance or impaired glucose regulation.

Explain any tools, strategies, or best practices that you utilized in your treatment to help ensure the best possible safety and outcomes for the patient.

Response Guidelines

In your response post, address the following. Be sure to follow the requirements for response posts found in the Faculty Expectations Message (FEM).

Share relevant information or experiences from your personal practice or care setting related to tools, strategies, or best practices that are commonly utilized to address inflammation, infection, and pain.

Comment on how your peer might use the information you are sharing in their own practice.

Learning Components

This activity will help you achieve the following learning components:

Identify the relationship between symptoms of inflammation, infection, and pain to a condition, disease, or disorder that has impaired glucose or metabolic imbalance as related aspects.

Explain the relationship between symptoms of inflammation, infection, and pain to a condition, disease, or disorder that has impaired glucose or metabolic imbalance as related aspects.

Resources

Discussion Participation Scoring Guide.

MSN6021 – Biopsychosocial Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice I

Week 5 Discussion

DQ1 Evidence in Clinical Practice Goal Setting

This discussion will be based upon the Vila Health: Using Evidence to Drive Improvement media piece. In your initial discussion post, address the following. Be sure to follow the requirements for initial postings found in the Faculty Expectations Message (FEM).

Analyze the data presented in the Vila Health: Using Evidence to Drive Improvement media piece.

How does the data depict the current best practices?

How do clinical practice guidelines, evidence-based practice, and governmental or regulatory practice standards and policies relate to the data in the media piece?

Based on your analysis of the data presented which areas need to be improved?

Why is there a need for improvement?

In other words, what would a gap analysis of the data tell you are the low performing areas?

Using the professional, best practice, or governmental guidelines and standards you found, what are appropriate goals to aim for?

Response Guidelines

In your response post, address the following. Be sure to follow the requirements for response posts found in the Faculty Expectations Message (FEM).

Offer a critique of your peer's suggested clinical improvements. Consider the following:

What aspects of their analysis were done well?

Why do you think these aspects were done well?

What aspects of their analysis could be improved upon?

How could these aspects be improved upon?

Learning Components

This activity will help you achieve the following learning components:

Identify data that illustrates underperformance.

Relate data to clinical best practices and governmental or regulatory practice standards and policies.

Use data to help set goals to improve performance.

Identify data that illustrates acceptable performance.

Apply APA formatting.

Identify contemporary evidence (from within the last five years) relevant to a specific topic.

Resources

Discussion Participation Scoring Guide.

Vila Health: Using Evidence to Drive Improvement | Transcript.

Peer Review.

DQ2 Where Do You Look for Evidence?

This discussion is focused on creating collaborative discourse between you and your peers centered around the topic of where you go to look for evidence or resources for setting goals or treating a condition. If applicable, discuss this in the context of an absence of existing guidelines or policies.

For your initial post, address the following. Be sure to follow the requirements for initial postings found in the Faculty Expectations Message (FEM).

Where do you look for resources and evidence to help you get started when treating a specific condition?

Where do you look for resources and evidence to help you get started when setting clinical goals?

When there are no guidelines or policies for setting clinical goals, where do you look for resources and evidence to help you get started?

How do you use these resources and evidence to begin constructing evidence-based treatment or developing evidence-based goals?

Response Guidelines

In your response post, address one or more of the following. Be sure to follow the requirements for response posts found in the Faculty Expectations Message (FEM).

Share with your peer an additional resource or way to search out evidence that you use in your practice.

Discuss how you could envision yourself using one or more of the resources that your peer has shared.

Learning Components

This activity will help you achieve the following learning components:

Understand where to find evidence.

Apply APA formatting.

Resources

Discussion Participation Scoring Guide.

MSN6021 – Biopsychosocial Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice I

Week 6 Discussion

Change Strategies Appropriate to Personal Practice

For this discussion you will be exploring change models, strategies, or theories that could be the most useful in your personal practice. While conducting your research, also be sure to consider strategies that will be appropriate for helping you complete your Change Strategy and Implementation assignment that is due at the end of this unit. You may wish to consult the readings from this unit or conduct your own research for this discussion post.

In your initial post, address the following. Be sure to follow the requirements for initial postings found in the Faculty Expectations Message (FEM).

Research a minimum of two change models, strategies, or theories that you think are, or could be, relevant to your current or desired future practice. For each, address the following:

Summarize the key aspect of the change model, strategy, or theory.

Explain why the change model, strategy, or theory is relevant to your current or desired future practice.

Explain how the change model, strategy, or theory could help you to be more effective in your practice.

Response Guidelines

In your response post, address one or more of the following. Be sure to follow the requirements for response posts found in the Faculty Expectations Message (FEM).

Suggest any additional change models, strategies, or theories that you think could be helpful to your peer in their practice, and explain how you believe they would be useful.

Share an experience from your own practice in which you have used one of the change models, strategies, or theories presented by your peer.

Learning Components

This activity will help you achieve the following learning components:

Explain how change strategies will help achieve a desired outcome.

Describe how an interprofessional approach will contribute to the implementation of a change strategy.

Analyze evidence that supports the use of a change strategy to achieve a desired outcome.

Identify the relationship between a change strategy and interprofessional approaches.

Communicate rationale for a change plan in a way that encourages buy-in from the audience.

Understand change theories.

Understand the audience.

Resources

Discussion Participation Scoring Guide.

MSN6021 – Biopsychosocial Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice I

Week 7 Discussion

DQ1 Considering Your Audience When Proposing Quality Improvements

For this discussion you will consider the importance of knowing which audiences you are targeting to gain buy-in for a change strategy or quality improvement initiative.

In your discussion post, address the following. Be sure to follow the requirements for initial postings found in the Faculty Expectations Message (FEM).

Identify one or more ways that a change strategy could be leveraged to improve the quality of care.

Describe why it is important to recognize your immediate audience and your outreach (greater) audience, when identifying ways to leverage change to improve the quality of care.

Response Guidelines

In your response post, address one or more of the following. Be sure to follow the requirements for response posts found in the Faculty Expectations Message (FEM).

Suggest an additional way that your peer could leverage change strategies to improve the quality of care.

Offer additional considerations regarding ways to ensure that your peer is appropriately engaging with target audiences.

Learning Components

This activity will help you achieve the following learning components:

Explain how specific evidence supports a quality improvement approach.

Explain the relationship between evidence, best practices, and quality improvement.

Relate quality improvement to relevant change strategies.

Identify change strategies that will lead to quality improvements.

Identify evidence that supports the use of a specific change strategy.

Use evidence to support claims.

Apply APA formatting.

Resources

Discussion Participation Scoring Guide.

DQ2 Change Initiatives in Your Personal Practice

This discussion will focus on collaborative discourse related to experiences and involvement with change initiatives for clinical best practices throughout your career. By sharing your experiences and reading about the experiences of your peers, you can help to build the learning community's understanding about successful (and less successful) ways to leverage change initiatives and improve the quality of care through clinical best practices.

In your initial post, address the following. Be sure to follow the requirements for initial postings found in the Faculty Expectations Message (FEM).

Share experiences from your practice in being involved with change initiatives that sought to improve quality of care or best practices.

Share experiences from your practice in attempting to implement change initiatives to improve quality of care or best practices.

Response Guidelines

In your response post, address the following. Be sure to follow the requirements for response posts found in the Faculty Expectations Message (FEM).

Compare and contrast your experiences with implementing or being involved with using change initiatives for best practices.

Learning Components

This activity will help you achieve the following learning components:

Understand quality improvement methods, models, and theories.

Use evidence to support claims.

Identify change strategies that will lead to quality improvements.

Relate quality improvement to relevant change strategies.

Resources

Discussion Participation Scoring Guide.

MSN6021 – Biopsychosocial Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice I

Week 8 Discussion

DQ1 Implementing Best Practice Changes

For this discussion, you will explore the importance of respecting the strengths and needs of broader multidisciplinary teams when taking steps to implement best practice changes into a care setting.

In your initial post, address the following. Be sure to follow the requirements for initial postings found in the Faculty Expectations Message (FEM).

Describe steps a nurse may take to implement best practice changes into a care setting while respecting the multidisciplinary team.

What does each member bring to the care of the client or community?

Explain the ways in which the steps you described will help to build buy-in from, or collaboration with, the multidisciplinary team.

Explain the ways in which these steps will help to move along the implementation of best practice changes.

Review the Unit 9 Quality Improvement Presentation Poster assignment.

As a nurse leader, describe the implementation steps necessary to promote the desired practice change.

Explain the ways in which these steps could be applied to ensure that interprofessional teamwork will be leveraged to improve the effectiveness or efficiency of the methods you may propose in your assignment.

Response Guidelines

In your response post, address the following. Be sure to follow the requirements for response posts found in the Faculty Expectations Message (FEM).

Critique the steps described by your peer. Consider the following:

In your opinion, which steps that were described by your peer will be most effective and beneficial? Provide resources to support your position.

Which steps that your peer described do you think will be less successful? Are there other steps that your peer did not describe that would be beneficial for them to consider?

Provide suggestions or recommendations on how the proposed steps could be improved.

Briefly comment on your peer's initial thoughts on how aspects of this discussion post could be applied to ensure that interprofessional teamwork will be leveraged to improve the effectiveness or efficiency of their methods in the Unit 9 assignment.

Learning Components

This activity will help you achieve the following learning components:

Use evidence to support claims.

Apply APA formatting.

Understand the audience.

Identify contemporary evidence (from within the last five years) relevant to a specific topic.

Identify strategies that support continuous improvement.

Explain how specific quality improvement approaches will promote continuous improvement.

Resources

Discussion Participation Scoring Guide.

DQ2 Experience With Creating a Continuous Improvement Cycle

For this discussion the focus will be on collaborative discourse related to your experiences and involvement with continuous improvement strategies, approaches, or initiatives from your practice. By sharing your experiences and reading about the experiences of your peers, you can help to build the learning community's understanding about successful and less successful ways to create a continuous improvement cycle for the quality of care across disciplines and types of care settings.

In your initial post, address the following. Be sure to follow the requirements for initial postings found in the Faculty Expectations Message (FEM).

Share experiences from your practice about being involved with continuous improvement initiatives.

Describe how the initiatives were implemented and communicated.

Explain the ways in which these initiatives sought to leverage best practices to drive the continuous improvement.

How well did these initiatives achieve quality improvement?

Did initial improvement help contribute to a continuous improvement cycle?

What lessons learned from your experience might you want to apply to your Unit 9 Quality Improvement Presentation Poster assignment?

Response Guidelines

In your response post, address the following. Be sure to follow the requirements for response posts found in the Faculty Expectations Message (FEM).

Compare and contrast your experiences and involvement in continuous improvement strategies, approaches, or initiatives with those of your peer. Comment on how you might be able to apply something from your peer’s post to your Unit 9 Quality Improvement Presentation Poster assignment.

Learning Components

This activity will help you achieve the following learning components:

Identify strategies that support continuous improvement.

Explain how specific quality improvement approaches will promote continuous improvement.

Use evidence to support claims.

Resources

Discussion Participation Scoring Guide.

MSN6021 – Biopsychosocial Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice I

Week 9 Discussion

Creating Buy-In Through Best Practices

Nurses have an important role in the application, development, and implementation of clinical best practices. By striving to improve patient care through best practices, it is possible for nurses to create buy-in from others through their actions.

In your initial post, address the following. Be sure to follow the requirements for initial postings found in the Faculty Expectations Message (FEM).

Explain the nurse's role in applying, developing, and implementing clinical best practices within a care setting or interdisciplinary team.

Describe ways a nurse striving to improve patient care through best practices can prompt buy-in from their peers, colleagues, and other relevant stakeholders.

Response Guidelines

In your response post, address one or more of the following. Be sure to follow the requirements for response posts found in the Faculty Expectations Message (FEM).

Comment on any similarities or differences between your discussion response and that of your peer, especially with regard to the nurse's role.

How might the type of nursing position you hold influence your view on this subject?

Suggest additional ways in which a nurse striving to improve patient care through best practices can prompt buy-in from peers, colleagues, and other relevant stakeholders.

How might your peer apply your suggestions to their practice?

Learning Components

This activity will help you achieve the following learning components:

Explain how interprofessional teamwork will improve the effectiveness or efficiency of a quality improvement project.

Apply APA formatting.

Use evidence to support claims.

Explain how best practices create buy-in for interprofessional approaches.

Communicate in a way that makes the relevance of a project compelling to the audience.

Understand the audience.

Identify interprofessional considerations that improve effectiveness and efficiency.

Resources

Discussion Participation Scoring Guide.

MSN6021 – Biopsychosocial Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice I

Week 10 Discussion

DQ1 Getting a Head Start on MSN6026

The next BPS course you will take as part of the MSN degree path is MSN6026: Biopsychosocial Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice II. In it, you will be asked to complete an assignment that is in line with a letter to the editor of an academic journal. You will advocate for a specific position, policy, or approach to providing care for a population around a specific topic. This assignment will be centered on one or more of the following topics (as well as a population of your choice):

Genetics and genomics.

Example: Increased prevalence of gastrointestinal issues in individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

Immunity.

Example: Immunocompromised elderly persons in a specific care setting.

Chronicity.

Example: Chronic prevalence of obesity in lower socioeconomic populations in a city.

Addiction.

Example: Prescription drug reliance or abuse among veterans.

Emotion.

Example: Lack of mental health services for vulnerable or underserved populations (such as LGBTQ, homeless, uninsured children, et cetera).

For your initial post, address the following. Be sure to follow the requirements for initial postings found in the Faculty Expectations Message (FEM).

Brainstorm one or more ideas that address one or more of the topics above and could be turned into an appropriate assignment submission. Describe these ideas.

Explain why you are interested in potentially pursuing these ideas.

How do these ideas relate to your practice?

How might pursuing one or more of these ideas help to improve your practice?

Response Guidelines

In your response post, address one or more of the following. Be sure to follow the requirements for response posts found in the Faculty Expectations Message (FEM).

Suggest ways to tweak, expand, or refine one or more of your peer's ideas to make a more effective and compelling topic for a letter to the editor of an academic publication.

Compare and contrast your brainstormed ideas with those of your peer.

Learning Components

This activity will help you achieve the following learning components:

Identify a biopsychosocial topic for a letter to the editor.

Resources

Discussion Participation Scoring Guide.

DQ2 Course Reflection

For this discussion, please reflect on your experiences and learning throughout this course. In your response, consider the following. Be sure to follow the requirements for initial postings found in the Faculty Expectations Message (FEM).

What have been the most useful and interesting skills you have obtained, or content you have learned about?

How do you envision, or have you already started, applying aspects of your course work in your practice?

Finally, comment on one area of the course for which you wish there had been more content or instruction.

How do you think this would have contributed to your learning and experience in this course?

Response Guidelines

In your response post, address the following. Be sure to follow the requirements for response posts found in the Faculty Expectations Message (FEM).

How were your course experiences similar or different?

How are your plans to apply your learning in this course to your practice similar or different?

Learning Components

This activity will help you achieve the following learning components:

Reflect on growth and learning throughout the course.

Resources

Discussion Participation Scoring Guide.

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