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Assignment Questions

Risk Factors leading to Chronic Disease

Pamphlet addressing non-scientific community and presentation
Addresses Learning Outcome:
? Recognize risk factors leading to disease and identify preventive measures and treatments.
This assignment is designed for you to demonstrate your ability to communicate your knowledge of a disease to the lay (non-scientific and non-medical) public.
In this assignment, you will develop good working knowledge of unique (uncommon) chronic disease or a unique preventable disease.
Process
? TOPIC: FIBROMYALGIA
? Create an informative pamphlet about the chosen chronic or preventable disease for a non-scientific community. Ideally, the pamphlet should be in the form of a six-page pamphlet.
Content
? The pamphlet should contain the following:
? Content and language that targets a lay audience. All terms should be explained and diagrams and graphics should be provided to clarify concepts and ideas.
? A brief description of the disease, including its symptoms and signs
? Explanation of the effects of the disease on healthy body function including cellular, tissue, organ and organ system levels
? Risk factors contributing to the onset of the disease
? Description of preventive steps to avoid the disease (if avoidable)
? Available diagnostic and therapeutic tools
? Outcomes of the disease (such as prognosis or recovery potential)
? Information about how a person suffering from the disease can maintain a desirable quality of life, minimize or slow the progress of the disease
Format of the pamphlet
? Single-spaced
? Tri-fold
? All content written in your own words
? Reference citations included in APA format (not part of the tri-fold; should be provided on a separate page)

At a minimum, your pamphlet should contain the following required elements:
? Introductory paragraph describing your subject and its importance
? Body of the pamphlet
Addresses signs, symptoms
Explains effects of the disease on healthy body functions, and relates this to signs and symptoms
Analyzes risk factors and preventive steps
Describes maintenance of quality of life
Discusses diagnostic and therapeutic tools
Explains expected outcomes and prognosis
Describes current areas of research into prevention, treatment or cure
Describes possible future areas of research into prevention, treatment or cure
? References
? Conclusion – summary of your findings
List all references at the end of your pamphlet. You must use at least five references from credible, scientifically rigorous sources and cite them using American Psychological Association (APA) style. Two or more references should be from the UMUC Library. The references cited should be no older than seven years (published 2008 – 2014). References should be listed on a separate page that does not count toward the required length of the paper.

Develop a reference list and outline. The outline should go beyond the list of required elements to sketch out some of the facts you have learned about the disease ? for example, it might include a bullet list of the symptoms. The reference list and outline should demonstrate that you have conducted at least preliminary research into the topic and that you have a grasp of the facts related to the disease. Note that the reference list and outline that you present in week five could still be subject to change as you complete the research and writing of your final paper.

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