Write a 4-6 page analysis of a current problem or issue in health care, including a proposed solution and possible ethical implications.
In your health care career, you will be confronted with many problems that demand a solution. By using research skills, you can learn what others are doing and saying about similar problems. Then, you can analyze the problem and the people and systems it affects. You can also examine potential solutions and their ramifications. This assessment allows you to practice this approach with a real-world problem.
Note: The requirements outlined below correspond to the grading criteria in the scoring guide. At a minimum, be sure to address each point. In addition, you are encouraged to review the performance-level descriptions for each criterion to see how your work will be assessed.
- Describe the health care problem or issue you selected for use in Assessment 2 (from the Assessment Topic Areas media piece) and provide details about it.
- Explore your chosen topic. For this, you should use the first four steps of the Socratic Problem-Solving Approach to aid your critical thinking. This approach was introduced in Assessment 2.
- Identify possible causes for the problem or issue.
- Use scholarly information to describe and explain the health care problem or issue and identify possible causes for it.
- Identify at least three scholarly or academic peer-reviewed journal articles about the topic.
- You may find the How Do I Find Peer-Reviewed Articles? library guide helpful in locating appropriate references.
- You may use articles you found while working on Assessment 2 or you may search the Capella library for other articles.
- You may find the applicable Undergraduate Library Research Guide helpful in your search.
- Review the Think Critically About Source Quality to help you complete the following:
- Assess the credibility of the information sources.
- Assess the relevance of the information sources.
- Identify at least three scholarly or academic peer-reviewed journal articles about the topic.
- Analyze the health care problem or issue.
- Describe the setting or context for the problem or issue.
- Describe why the problem or issue is important to you.
- Identify groups of people affected by the problem or issue.
- Provide examples that support your analysis of the problem or issue.ï»¿
- Discuss potential solutions for the health care problem or issue.
- Describe what would be required to implement a solution.
- Describe potential consequences of ignoring the problem or issue.
- Provide the pros and cons for one of the solutions you are proposing.
- Explain the ethical principles (Beneficence, Nonmaleficence, Autonomy, and Justice) if potential solution was implemented.
- Describe what would be necessary to implement the proposed solution.
- Explain the ethical principles that need to be considered (Beneficence, Nonmaleficence, Autonomy, and Justice) if the potential solution was implemented.
- Provide examples from the literature to support the points you are making.
Example Assessment: You may use the following to give you an idea of what a Proficient or higher rating on the scoring guide would look like:
Your assessment should also meet the following requirements:
- Length: 4–6 typed, double-spaced pages, not including the title page and reference page.
- Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.
- APA tutorial: Use the APA Style Paper Tutorial [DOCX] for guidance.
- Written communication: Write clearly and logically, with correct use of spelling, grammar, punctuation, and mechanics.
- Using outside sources: Integrate information from outside sources into academic writing by appropriately quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing, following APA style.
- References: Integrate information from outside sources to include at least three scholarly or academic peer-reviewed journal articles and three in-text citations within the paper.
- APA format: Follow current APA guidelines for in-text citations of outside sources in the body of your paper and also on the reference page.
Organize your paper using the following structure and headings:
- Title page. A separate page.
- Introduction. A brief one-paragraph statement about the purpose of the paper.
- Elements of the problem/issue. Identify the elements of the problem or issue or question.
- Analysis. Analyze, define, and frame the problem or issue.
- Considering options. Consider solutions, responses, or answers.
- Solution. Choose a solution, response, or answer.
- Ethical implications. Ethical implications of implementing the solution.
- Implementation. Implementation of the potential solution.
- Conclusion. One paragraph.
By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and scoring guide criteria:
- Competency 1: Apply information literacy and library research skills to obtain scholarly information in the field of health care.
- Use scholarly information to describe and explain a health care problem or issue and identify possible causes for it.
- Competency 2: Apply scholarly information through critical thinking to solve problems in the field of health care.
- Analyze a health care problem or issue by describing the context, explaining why it is important and identifying populations affected by it.
- Discuss potential solutions for a health care problem or issue and describe what would be required to implement a solution.
- Competency 3: Apply ethical principles and academic standards to the study of health care.
- Explain the ethical principles (Beneficence, Nonmaleficence, Autonomy, and Justice) if potential solution was implemented
- Competency 4: Write for a specific audience, in appropriate tone and style, in accordance with Capella’s writing standards.
- Write clearly and logically, with correct use of spelling, grammar, punctuation, and mechanics.
- Write following APA style for in-text citations, quotes, and references.
Resources: Evidence-Based Practice
In health care, research is important. It helps you see what has worked and what has not worked effectively for wellness and patient care. It is important for you to explore research about evidenced-based practices in your areas of interest. This research will help you develop and demonstrate a professional health care perspective and expand your organizational, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
The following resources provide information about evidence-based practice:
- Macias, C. G., Loveless, J. N., Jackson, A. N., & Srinivasan, S. (2017). Delivering value through evidence-based practice. Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine, 18(2), 89-97.
- Thomas, S. J. (2016). Does evidence-based health care have room for the self? Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 22(4), 502-508.
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. (n.d.). EPC evidence-based reports. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/evidence-based-reports/index.html
Resources: Critical Thinking
How do you approach a situation within your organization and apply critical thinking skills to analyze it? What are the important skills you need for critical thinking?
The following resources provide insights into critical thinking:
The following media and Campus resources provide information and assistance for building your writing skills:
Each of the following research guides is written with a specific program in mind. The one for your program can provide insights about researching topics related to your field:
Activity: Socratic Problem-Solving Practice
Click the linked Socratic Problem-Solving Practice title above to walk through the steps of the Socratic problem-solving method. This learning activity is designed to support your understanding of the method.
Study the following information – Learn to Apply a Socratic Approach to Problem Solving.
In this activity, we are going to review the assignment provided below and then analyze whether the Socratic Approach was applied adequately in the sample response provided below.
In considering how personality develops, the impact of the child’s environment, as well as the child’s innate characteristics, must be taken into consideration. Assess the nature versus nurture controversy. Assess your views on how each affects a child’s personality and moral development. Provide supporting evidence or reasoning. Which theoretical perspective on personality and moral development most closely represents your view?
In the context of the nature versus nurture controversy, nature means one’s genetic inheritance of traits such as intelligence, physical characteristics, and personality tendencies (Vander Zanden, Crandell, & Crandell, 2009). Nurture means the influence of environment, including parenting, schooling, physical environment, culture, and other factors (Vander Zanden et al., 2009). In the past, social scientists and others argued which factor—nature or nurture —was responsible in a given situation, but it is more common today to ask either how much is due to nature versus nurture, or how they interact (Vander Zanden et al., 2009). Vander Zanden et al. (2009) therefore characterize the current nature versus nurture controversy as asking either how or how much, rather than which.
While there are many theories that address the nature-nurture controversy, behaviorism most closely represents my view. Most of the behaviors needed to succeed in life are within the capabilities of most people, but some people’s environments make success unlikely for them. If a person is raised in an environment that does not support educational activities, that person is unlikely to become a physicist, even if he or she was born with the intelligence traits of an Einstein. Similarly, those raised in a violent environment are more likely to be violent, such as those who were abused as children may subsequently abuse their own children.
Reference: Vander Zanden, J. W., Crandell, T. L., & Crandell, C. H. (2009). Human development (9th ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill Higher Education.
Analyzing a Current Health Care Problem or Issue Scoring Guide
|Use scholarly information to explain a health care problem or issue.||Does not identify scholarly information that could explain a health care problem or issue.||Identifies scholarly information that could explain a health care problem or issue.||Uses scholarly information to explain a health care problem or issue.||Uses relevant scholarly information to explain a health care problem or issue, including the reasons that the chosen information helps to explain a health care problem or issue.|
|Analyze the problem or issue.||Does not identify a problem or issue.||Identifies a problem or issue.||Analyzes the problem or issue.||Analyzes the problem or issue including definition, who is involved, and causes of the problem or issue.|
|Discuss potential solutions for the problem or issue.||Does not describe a potential solution for the problem or issue.||Describes a potential solution for the problem or issue.||Discusses potential solutions for the problem or issue.||Discusses potential solutions for the problem or issue, including potential consequences for ignoring the issue.|
|Explain the ethical principles (Beneficence, Nonmaleficence, Autonomy, and Justice) if potential solution was implemented.||Does not mention ethical principles if the potential solution was implemented.||Mentions ethical principles if the potential solution was implemented.||Explains the ethical principles (Beneficence, Nonmaleficence, Autonomy, and Justice) if potential solution was implemented.||Explains the ethical principles if potential solution was implemented and enriches the analysis with examples from the readings.|
|Produce text with minimal grammatical, usage, spelling, and mechanical errors.||Produces text with significant grammatical, usage, spelling, and mechanical errors, making text difficult to follow.||Produces text with some grammatical, usage, spelling, and mechanical errors, making text difficult to follow at times.||Produces text with minimal grammatical, usage, spelling, and mechanical errors.||Produces text free of grammatical, usage, spelling, and mechanical errors.|
|Integrate into text appropriate use of scholarly sources, evidence, and citation style.||Does not integrate into text appropriate use of scholarly sources, evidence, and citation style.||Integrates into text mostly appropriate use of scholarly sources, evidence, and citation style, but there are lapses in style use.||Integrates into text appropriate use of scholarly sources, evidence, and citation style.||Integrates into text appropriate use of scholarly sources, evidence, and citation style without errors and uses current reference sources.|