Write a clinical case study that you could publish in a scientific journal if you were a health professional, based on one of these three fictitious patients:
1) A 6-year-old girl with stuttering
Required word count: 3,000 words or longer, excluding references
Your audience for this assignment are experts in your field, which means you should maintain a formal tone and use discipline-specific terms.
Your paper should have the following four major sections: a title page, an abstract, body of the paper, and a “References” list at the end. Please see below for more information regarding each section:
I. An APA title page on page 1 with the usual APA formatting and information.
II. An abstract on page 2.
III. These 11 components of the body of the paper and what you should include in each:
1 Theoretical and Research Basis for Treatment
Here you should discuss background research on your patient’s condition or disease, with APA citations. Toward the end of this section, you will need to include a statement about what you are trying to accomplish through your clinical case study. In most cases, your goal will be to examine whether a specific treatment or treatments will work for your patient.
2 Case Introduction
In this section you should discuss very briefly (in two sentences or so) who your patient is in terms of their demographics and why they were referred to you. Please use the information from one of the three prompts provided at the beginning of the assignment for this section and make up a reason why they were referred to you. In general, the information in this section should be made up for the purpose of the assignment because your patient is not a real person.
3 Presenting Complaints
This section should be dedicated to your patient’s symptoms. Since your patient is not a real person, you will need to make up their symptoms while making them as realistic as possible. So, for example, if you are writing about a person with depression, you will need to come up with symptoms that typically occur with this disorder. (If you are going to look up symptoms because you don’t know enough information about the condition, please cite your sources properly using APA citation style.) Please feel free to make this section as dramatic, intense, and complicated as you only want to. Imagine you are a fiction writer who is trying to paint a character who comes across as a real person to the reader.
Discuss the patient’s medical history in terms of when their issues originally began and why. Again, this information must be made up because your patient is not a real person.
Here you need to talk about how you examined your patient’s condition. Typically, medical professionals use specific assessments for specific conditions, and you will need to figure out how that’s done for your patient’s specific condition. You will need to research this information and provide APA citations for the assessment methods that you are going to use for your patient.
6 Case Conceptualization
Here you need to talk about the specific treatment plan that you have chosen for your patient and the scientific evidence behind it, with APA citations.
7 Course of Treatment and Assessment of Progress
In this section describe the specifics of the treatment your patient underwent with you as their provider and how it went. So, for example, you can describe each individual treatment session, what exactly you did, and how the patient responded. Did they get better? This information should be made up but should again appear realistic to the reader.
8 Complicating Factors and Access/Barriers to Care
Describe any complications that came up when you were treating your patient. If your patient encountered any difficulties related to their access to treatment, please discuss them as well. The information in this section should be made up.
Describe any follow-up visits and what your patient told you about how they felt at the time. (Any persisting improvement in symptoms?) This information should be made up.
10 Treatment Implications of the Case
Explain to the reader what the case study demonstrates about the treatment(s) used and why it matters. If you choose to use any sources in this section, please include APA citations.
11 Recommendations to Clinicians and Students
Explain what other clinicians and students in your field can learn from this specific case and how they can apply your findings and experience with this treatment to similar cases that they encounter. If you choose to use any sources in this section, please include APA citations.
IV. References formatted in APA.
You should cite a minimum of 8 reputable sources in your case study. Every single source must be cited both via in-text citations and in the “References” section at the end. Please refer to the previous module for information regarding APA citations.
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