In a written paper of 1,200-1,500 words, apply the concepts of epidemiology and nursing research to a communicable disease.
Communicable Disease Selection
Choose one communicable disease from the following list:
5. Hepatitis B
Epidemiology Paper Requirements
Include the following in your assignment:
1. Description of the communicable disease (causes, symptoms, mode of transmission, complications, treatment) and the demographic of interest (mortality, morbidity, incidence, and prevalence).
2. Describe the 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. (The textbook describes each element of the epidemiologic triangle).
4. Explain the role of the community health nurse (case finding, reporting, data collecting, data analysis, and follow-up).
5. Identify at least one national agency or organization that addresses the communicable disease chosen and describe how the organization(s) contributes to resolving or reducing the impact of disease.
A minimum of three references is required.
Refer to “Communicable Disease Chain” and “Chain of Infection” for assistance completing this assignment.
Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.
Benchmark Assignment: Epidemiology Paper
Less than Satisfactory
10.0 % Comprehensive Description of a Communicable Disease and the Demographic of Interest Demographic of interest and clinical description are omitted or presented with many inaccuracies. Limited and or vague summary of demographic of interest and communicable disease is provided. Overview does not offer a clear representation of information necessary for epidemiological study. Overview of the demographic of interest and clinical description of the communicable disease is presented with some inaccuracies of the clinical descriptors. Clinical description of the communicable disease and demographic of interest is provided. Summary is brief but accurate. Overview describing the demographic of interest and clinical description of the communicable disease is presented with a thorough, accurate, and clear overview of all of the clinical descriptors.
10.0 % Determinants of Health and Explanation of How Determinants Contribute to Disease Development Description of the determinants of health and their role in disease development is omitted or presented with many inaccuracies. Paper partially describes the determinants of health in relation to disease development. Paper identifies the determinants of health in relation to the communicable disease selected but does not include an explanation of their role in the development of disease. Paper describes each determinant of health with a comprehensive discussion of their contribution to disease development and progression. Paper comprehensively discusses the determinants of health in relation to the communicable disease, explains their contribution to disease development, and provides evidence to support main points.
25.0 % Epidemiologic Triangle (Host Factors, Agent Factors, and Environmental Factors) Description of the epidemiologic triangle is omitted or presented with many inaccuracies. The communicable disease is described with some inaccuracies within the epidemiologic triangle. A visual description of the factors and interaction is not present. The communicable disease is described accurately and clearly within the context of the epidemiologic triangle. The communicable disease is described accurately within the context of the epidemiologic triangle. A brief description of factors and interaction is presented. The communicable disease is described thoroughly, accurately, and clearly within an epidemiological model. A visual description of the model and how the components of the model interact is included.
25.0 % Role of the Community Health Nurse Discussion of the role of the community health nurse is omitted or unclear. Discussion of the role of the community health nurse is vague, with no integration of case finding, reporting, data collecting, data analysis, or follow-up skills. Discussion of the role of the community health nurses is limited, with a brief overview of skills associated with community assessment and planning. Discussion of the role of community health nurse is clear, with a comprehensive description of skills associated with community assessment and planning. Discussion of the role of the community health nurse is clear, comprehensive, and inclusive of the community nurse’s responsibilities to primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention through tasks such as case finding, reporting, data collection and analysis, and follow up
10.0 % National Agency or Organization That Works to Addresses Communicable Disease Agency and description of contribution are omitted. An agency or organization is identified, but discussion is vague or inaccurate in relation to the communicable disease chosen. An agency or organization is identified, but discussion regarding efforts to address communicable disease is lacking. An agency or organization is identified, but discussion regarding efforts to address communicable disease is brief. An agency or organization is identified. A clear and accurate description of efforts to address communicable disease is offered.
15.0 %Organization and Effectiveness
5.0 % Thesis Development and Purpose Paper lacks any discernible overall purpose or organizing claim. Thesis is insufficiently developed and/or vague, purpose is not clear. Thesis is apparent and appropriate to purpose. Thesis is clear and forecasts the development of the paper. It is descriptive and reflective of the arguments and appropriate to the purpose. Thesis is comprehensive, contained within the thesis is the essence of the paper. Thesis statement makes the purpose of the paper clear.
15.0 %Organization and Effectiveness
5.0 % Paragraph Development and Transitions Paragraphs and transitions consistently lack unity and coherence. No apparent connections between paragraphs are established. Transitions are inappropriate to purpose and scope. Organization is disjointed. Some paragraphs and transitions may lack logical progression of ideas, unity, coherence, and/or cohesiveness. Some degree of organization is evident. Paragraphs are generally competent, but ideas may show some inconsistency in organization and or in their relationships to each other. A logical progression of ideas between paragraphs is apparent. Paragraphs exhibit a unity, coherence, and cohesiveness. Topic sentences and concluding remarks are appropriate to purpose. There is a sophisticated construction of paragraphs and transitions. Ideas progress and relate to each other. Paragraph and transition construction guide the reader. Paragraph structure is seamless.
15.0 %Organization and Effectiveness
5.0 % Mechanics of Writing (includes spelling, punctuation, grammar, language use) Surface errors are pervasive enough that they impede communication of meaning. Inappropriate word choice and/or sentence construction are used. Frequent and repetitive mechanical errors distract the reader. Inconsistencies in language choice, sentence structure, and or word choice are present. Some mechanical errors or typos are present, but are not overly distracting to the reader. Correct sentence structure and audience appropriate language are used. Prose is largely free of mechanical errors, although a few may be present. A variety of sentence structures and effective figures of speech are used. Writer is clearly in command of standard, written, academic English.
2.0 % Paper Format Template is not used appropriately or documentation format is rarely followed correctly. Template is used, but some elements are missing or mistaken, lack of control with formatting is apparent. Template is used, and formatting is correct, although some minor errors may be present. Template is fully used. There are virtually no errors in formatting style. All format elements are correct.
3.0 % Research Citations (In-text citations for paraphrasing and direct quotes, and reference page listing and formatting, as appropriate to assignment) No reference page is included. No citations are used. Reference page is present. Citations are inconsistently used. Reference page is included and lists sources used in the paper. Sources are appropriately documented, although some errors may be present. Reference page is present and fully inclusive of all cited sources. Documentation is appropriate and style guide is usually correct. In-text citations and a reference page are complete. The documentation of cited sources is free of error.
100 % Total Weightage