Discussion – Epidemiological Methods

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Participation in the discussion generates opportunities for students to actively engage in the written ideas of others by carefully reading, researching, reflecting, and responding to the contributions of their peers and course faculty. Discussions foster the development of members into a community of learners as they share ideas and inquiries, consider perspectives that may be different from their own, and integrate knowledge from other disciplines

Activity Learning Outcomes

Through this assignment, the student will demonstrate the ability to:

Discriminate among various screening tools that may be used in the provision of care as an Advanced Practice Nurse (CO4)
Due Date:

Initial prompt due by Wednesday, 11:59 PM MT of week 2
One peer and one faculty or two peer posts due by Sunday 11:59 PM MT of week 2
A 10% late penalty will be imposed for initial discussions posted after the weekly deadline regardless of the number of days late. No postings will be accepted after 11:59pm MT on Sunday (i.e. student will receive an automatic 0). Week 8 discussion closes on Saturday at 11:59pm MT.

Points: 60 points

Assignment Requirements

Choose one of the following:
Rapid Strep Screening (in office)
Rapid HIV Screening
Rapid Influenza Screening
Mononucleosis Screening
Next, choose a diagnostic or screening method (related to your choice from the list of health issues above).  You may use one of the following web sites to locate a screening tool, a scholarly article, or a tool from a professional web site of your choice (for example, from the American Psychological Association).
U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)

SAMHSA-HRSA (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)

Reply to the following prompt:
Describe the diagnostic or screening tool selected, its purpose, and what age group it targets.
Has it been specifically tested in this age group?
Next, discuss the predictive ability of the test. For instance, how do you know the test is reliable and valid? What are the reliability and validity values? What are the predictive values? Is it sensitive to measure what it has been developed to measure, for instance, HIV, or depression in older adults, or Lyme disease? Would you integrate this tool into your advanced practice based on the information you have read about the test, why or why not?
You should include a minimum of two (2) scholarly articles from the last five (5) years (3 is recommended).
Respond to a minimum of two (2) individuals, peer and/or faculty, with a scholarly and reflective post of a minimum of two (2) paragraphs of 4-5 sentences. A minimum of one (1) scholarly article should be utilized to support the post in addition to your textbook.
Your work should have in-text citations integrating at a minimum one scholarly article and the course textbook. APA format should be utilized to include a reference list. Correct grammar, spelling, and APA should be adhered to when writing, work should be scholarly without personalization or first – person use.
Need assistance? Click here for the Week 2 FAQ document (Links to an external site.)  that discusses these terms.

Posting Directions

Posts should be made on a minimum of 3 separate days/dates.
All faculty replies to students must be responded to directly in the discussion board.
Minimum posting is:
Initial discussion board post to the weekly prompt, two peer posts (if there are no faculty postings), or one peer post and a faculty post.
**To see view the grading criteria/rubric, please click on the 3 dots in the box at the end of the solid gray bar above the discussion board title and then Show Rubric.

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