Vila Health: Concept Maps as Diagnostic Tools Transcript

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Vila Health: Concept Maps as Diagnostic Tools

Introduction The Interview The Concept Map Conclusion

Introduction Vila Health: Concept Maps as Diagnostic Tools Concept maps are an important tool in patient-centered care planning. A concept map helps to synthesize facts about a patient’s health needs and personal circumstances with available evidence and analysis. Such a tool becomes more useful when a patient has complex health, economic, and cultural needs.

In this simulation, you will be conducting a short interview with a patient and then assembling a concept map for use in that patient’s care plan.

St. Anthony Medical Center Exam Room You are a nurse at St. Anthony Medical Center. You have been asked to interview Carrie, an incoming patient. Carrie Alves is a 31-year-old woman who is concerned about problems with her menstrual cycle. Ask her some questions to find out more about her situation.

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Interview: Your intake form says that you’re experiencing irregularities in your menstrual cycle. Can you tell me more? Yeah. I’m kind of freaked out. I used to be really regular, but for the past six months or so, my cycle’s been way, way off. I think I’ve only had three periods in that time frame, and the timing between them has been really random.

That sounds very upsetting. Yes, definitely! At first, I was excited when I didn’t get my period- my husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for a while now, and I thought we’d succeeded. Then I took a pregnancy test and saw that wasn’t what was going on. Still, I thought maybe the change to my cycle was because my body was getting used to quitting birth control.

Are you experiencing any other symptoms? I’m not sure. I guess I have a few other things going on, but I’m not sure if they’re related or not.

Such as? I’ve had a lot of trouble sleeping lately. I have these really vivid dreams and then just pop awake and can’t get back to sleep. I guess I’m putting on weight… I was kind of afraid to weigh myself at home, but I’ve noticed my pants haven’t been fitting very well. Then I got weighed here and… sigh. Looks like I’m up 12 pounds.

I’ve also– and I know this is weird – I’ve been having really bad acne breakouts. I thought maybe that was from my hormones getting out of whack from getting off birth control, too, but it’s been going on for a while. I don’t know. And – this is also weird– I’ve had a bunch of hairs growing on my chin all the sudden. I pluck them, and they grow right back.

The Concept Map

Record Your Observations

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After interviewing Carrie Alves, you should organize your observations and thoughts into a concept map that can clarify the situation.

Once you’ve planned your patient’s care, you will be able to download your concept map.

Conclusion Using a concept map to plan a patient’s care can be essential when the case and the patient’s overall needs are complex. In this simulation, you’ve used the details of a patient’s case to draft a concept map for her care.

Click either the Word Doc or PDF button below to download the text for your concept map draft. You will use this text to create a final concept map for your assignment in this unit.

After you’ve downloaded your text, you will put it into a concept map template. You may use the template provided in the assignment, another template, or your own concept map format for your final map.

Click any heading in your concept map to reveal the complete content.

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