Assignment 1: Case Study Assignment: Assessing Neurological Symptoms
Assignment 1: Case Study Assignment:
Assessing Neurological Symptoms
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Imagine not being able to form new memories. This is the reality patients with
anterograde amnesia face. Although this form of amnesia is rare, it can result from severe
brain trauma. Anterograde amnesia demonstrates just how impactful brain disorders can
be to a patient's quality of living. Accurately assessing neurological symptoms is a
complex process that involves the analysis of many factors.
In this Case Study Assignment, you will consider case studies that describe abnormal
findings in patients seen in a clinical setting.
By Day 1 of this week, you will be assigned to a specific case study for this Case Study
Assignment. Please see the “Course Announcements” section of the classroom for your
assignment from your Instructor.
Also, your Case Study Assignment should be in the Episodic/Focused SOAP Note format
rather than the traditional narrative style format. Refer to Chapter 2 of the Sullivan text
and the Episodic/Focused SOAP Template in the Week 5 Learning Resources for
guidance. Remember that all Episodic/Focused SOAP notes have specific data included
in every patient case.
With regard to the case study you were assigned:
Review this week's Learning Resources, and consider the insights they provide about the
Consider what history would be necessary to collect from the patient in the case study
you were assigned.
Consider what physical exams and diagnostic tests would be appropriate to gather more
information about the patient's condition. How would the results be used to make a
Identify at least five possible conditions that may be considered in a differential
diagnosis for the patient.
The Case Study Assignment
Use the Episodic/Focused SOAP Template and create an episodic/focused note about the patient
in the case study to which you were assigned using the episodic/focused note template provided
in the Week 5 resources. Provide evidence from the literature to support diagnostic tests that
would be appropriate for each case. List five different possible conditions for the patient's
differential diagnosis, and justify why you selected each.
By Day 6 of Week 9
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Week 9 Assignment 1
Required Readings (click to expand/reduce)
Ball, J. W., Dains, J. E., Flynn, J. A., Solomon, B. S., & Stewart, R. W. (2019).
Seidel's guide to physical examination: An interprofessional approach (9th ed.).
St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Mosby.
Chapter 7, “Mental Status”
This chapter revolves around the mental status evaluation of an
individual’s overall cognitive state. The chapter includes a list of mental
abnormalities and their symptoms.
·Chapter 23, “Neurologic System”
The authors of this chapter explore the anatomy and physiology of the
neurologic system. The authors also describe neurological examinations
and potential findings.
Dains, J. E., Baumann, L. C., & Scheibel, P. (2019). Advanced health assessment
and clinical diagnosis in primary care (6th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Mosby.
Credit Line: Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Diagnosis in Primary
Care, 6th Edition by Dains, J.E., Baumann, L. C., & Scheibel, P. Copyright 2019
by Mosby. Reprinted by permission of Mosby via the Copyright Clearance
Chapter 4, “Affective Changes”
This chapter outlines how to identify the potential cause of affective changes in a
patient. The authors provide a suggested approach to the evaluation of this type of
change, and they include specific tools that can be used as part of the diagnosis.
Chapter 9, “Confusion in Older Adults”
This chapter focuses on causes of confusion in older adults, with an emphasis on
dementia. The authors include suggested questions for taking a focused history as
well as what to look for in a physical examination.
Chapter 13, “Dizziness”
Dizziness can be a symptom of many underlying conditions. This chapter outlines
the questions to ask a patient in taking a focused history and different tests to use
in a physical examination.
Chapter 19, “Headache”
The focus of this chapter is the identification of the causes of headaches. The first
step is to ensure that the headache is not a life-threatening condition. The authors
give suggestions for taking a thorough history and performing a physical exam.
Chapter 31, “Sleep Problems”
In this chapter, the authors highlight the main causes of sleep problems. They also
provide possible questions to use in taking the patient’s history, things to look for
when performing a physical exam, and possible laboratory and diagnostic studies
that might be useful in making the diagnosis.
Sullivan, D. D. (2019). Guide to clinical documentation (3rd ed.). Philadelphia,
PA: F. A. Davis.
Chapter 2, "The Comprehensive History and Physical Exam" ("Cranial
Nerves and Their Function" and "Grading Reflexes") (Previously read in
Weeks 1, 2, 3, and 5)
Note: Download the Physical Examination Objective Data Checklist to use
as you complete the Comprehensive (Head-to-Toe) Physical Assessment
Seidel, H. M., Ball, J. W., Dains, J. E., Flynn, J. A., Solomon, B. S., & Stewart, R.
W. (2011). Physical examination objective data checklist. In Mosby’s guide to
physical examination (7th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Mosby.
Credit Line: Mosby’s Guide to Physical Examination, 7th Edition by Seidel, H.
M., Ball, J. W., Dains, J. E., Flynn, J. A., Solomon, B. S., & Stewart, R.
W. Copyright 2011 by Elsevier. Reprinted by permission of Elsevier via the
Copyright Clearance Center.
Note: Download and review the Student Checklists and Key Points to use during
your practice neurological examination.
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