Analyzing a Current Health Care Problem or Issue

Introduction

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 examine potential solutions and their ramifications. This assessment allows you to practice this approach with a real-world problem.

Demonstration of Proficiency

By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the course competencies through the following assessment 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.
    • Analyze the ethical implications if a potential solution to a health care problem or issue 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.

Instructions

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.

  1. Describe the health care problem or issue you selected for use in Assessment 2 (from the Assessment Topic Areas | Transcript 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 Approachto aid your critical thinking. This approach was introduced in Assessment 2.
    • Identify possible causes for the problem or issue.
  2. 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 Qualityto help you complete the following:
      • Assess the credibility of the information sources.
      • Assess the relevance of the information sources.
  1. Analyze the health care problem or issue.
    • Describe the setting or context for the problems or issues.
    • 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Analyze the ethical implications if the potential solution (the one for which you provide pros and cons) were to be implemented.
    • Provide examples from the literature to support the points you are making.
    • Discuss the pros and cons of implementing the proposed solution from an ethical principle point of view.
    • Describe what would be required to implement the proposed solution.

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:

Additional Requirements

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 template: Use the APA Style Paper Template [DOCX]as the paper format and the APA Style Paper Tutorial [DOC] 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.
  • Analyzing a Current Health Care Problem or Issue Scoring Guide
    CRITERIA NON-PERFORMANCE BASIC PROFICIENT DISTINGUISHED
    Use scholarly information to
    describe and explain a
    health care problem or
    issue and identify possible
    causes for it.
    Does not use scholarly
    information to describe or
    explain a health care
    problem or issue or
    identify possible causes
    for it.
    Describes a health care
    problem or issue but does not
    explain it, or identifies possible
    causes for a problem or issues
    but the identification is
    incomplete or inaccurate.
    Uses scholarly
    information to describe
    and explain a health care
    problem or issue and
    identify possible causes
    for it.
    Uses scholarly information to describe
    and explain a health care problem or
    issue and identify possible causes for
    it, and indicates which causes are the
    most likely.
    Analyze a health care
    problem or issue by
    describing the context,
    explaining why it is
    important and identifying
    populations affected by it.
    Does not analyze a health
    care problem or issue by
    describing the context,
    explaining why it is
    important and identifying
    populations affected by it.
    Identifies a health care
    problem or issue but does not
    analyze it.
    Analyzes a health care
    problem or issue by
    describing the context,
    explaining why it is
    important and identifying
    populations affected by
    it.
    Analyzes a health care problem or
    issue by describing the context,
    explaining why it is important and
    identifying populations affected by it,
    and provides examples that support the
    analysis.
    Discuss potential solutions
    for a health care problem or
    issue and describe what
    would be required to
    implement a solution.
    Does not discuss potential
    solutions for a health care
    problem or issue and
    describe what would be
    required to implement a
    solution.
    Incompletely or inaccurately
    discusses potential solutions
    for a health care problem or
    issue and what would be
    required to implement a
    solution.
    Discusses potential
    solutions for a health
    care problem or issue
    and describes what
    would be required to
    implement a solution.
    Discusses potential solutions for a
    health care problem or issue, describes
    what would be required to implement a
    solution, and describes potential
    consequences of ignoring the problem
    or issue.
    Analyze the ethical
    implications if a potential
    solution to a health care
    problem or issue was
    implemented.
    Does not analyze the
    ethical implications if a
    potential solution to a
    health care problem or
    issue was implemented.
    Identifies ethical implications if
    a potential solution to a health
    care problem or issue was
    implemented but does not
    analyze the implications.
    Analyzes the ethical
    implications if a potential
    solution to a health care
    problem or issue was
    implemented.
    Analyzes the ethical implications if a
    potential solution to a health care
    problem or issue was implemented and
    uses examples from the literature to
    support the analysis.
    Write clearly and logically,
    with correct use of spelling,
    grammar, punctuation, and
    mechanics.
    Does not write clearly and
    logically, with correct use
    of spelling, grammar,
    punctuation, and
    mechanics.
    Writes clearly and logically,
    with correct use of spelling,
    grammar, punctuation, and
    mechanics with some errors
    and lapses.
    Writes clearly and
    logically, with correct use
    of spelling, grammar,
    punctuation, and
    mechanics.
    Writes clearly and logically, using
    evidence to support a central idea, with
    correct use of spelling, grammar,
    punctuation, and mechanics; and
    ensures the paper contains supporting
    examples for the main points.
    Write following APA style
    for in-text citations, quotes,
    and references.
    Does not write following
    APA style for in-text
    citations, quotes, and
    references.
    Writes following APA style for
    in-text citations, quotes, and
    references with some errors
    and lapses.
    Writes following APA
    style for in-text citations,
    quotes, and references.
    Writes following APA style for in-text
    citations, quotes, and references
    without errors, and uses current
    reference sources.

 

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