Epidemiology Paper

Write a paper (2,000-2,500 words) in which you apply the concepts of epidemiology and nursing research to a communicable disease. Refer to “Communicable Disease Chain,” “Chain of Infection,” and the CDC website for assistance when completing this assignment.

Communicable Disease Selection

Choose one communicable disease from the options below.

1. Chickenpox

2. Tuberculosis

3. Influenza

4. Mononucleosis

5. Hepatitis B

6. HIV

7. Ebola

8. Measles

9. Polio

10. Influenza

Epidemiology Paper Requirements

Address the following:

1. Describe the chosen communicable disease, including causes, symptoms, mode of transmission, complications, treatment, and the demographic of interest (mortality, morbidity, incidence, and prevalence). Is this a reportable disease? If so, provide details about reporting time, whom to report to, etc.

2. Describe the social determinants of health and explain how those factors contribute to the development of this disease.

3. Discuss the epidemiologic triangle as it relates to the communicable disease you have selected. Include the host factors, agent factors (presence or absence), and environmental factors. Are there any special considerations or notifications for the community, schools, or general population?

4. Explain the role of the community health nurse (case finding, reporting, data collection, data analysis, and follow-up) and why demographic data are necessary to the health of the community.

5. Identify at least one national agency or organization that addresses the communicable disease chosen and describe how the organizations contribute to resolving or reducing the impact of disease.

6. Discuss a global implication of the disease. How is this addressed in other countries or cultures? Is this disease endemic to a particular area? Provide an example.

A minimum of four peer-reviewed or professional references is required.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide. An abstract/thesis is required.

Example of Communicable Disease Chain

a. Infection Agent

Microbes – all types

Pathogenicity

Invasiveness

Virulence

Infective dose

Resistance

b. Susceptible Host

Defense mechanisms

Immunity (natural or artificial)

c. Reservoirs

Humans

Animals

Plant/Soil

d. Portal of Retry

Same as exit

e. Portal of Exit

Respiratory

Integumentary

Blood

GI

Sexual

f. Means of Transmission

Direct

Indirect

 

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