Professional Context

The purpose of a concept map is to visualize connections between ideas, connect new ideas to previous ideas, and to organize ideas logically. Concept maps can be an extremely useful tool to help organize and plan care decisions. This is especially true in the context of the biopsychosocial model, which takes into account factors beyond just the biochemical aspects of health. By utilizing a concept map, a nurse can simplify the connection between disease pathways, drug interactions, and symptoms, as well as between the emotional, personality, cultural, and socioeconomic considerations that impact health.


You have already learned about evidence-based practice and quality improvement initiatives in previous courses. You will use this information to guide your assessments, while also implementing new concepts introduced in this course. For this assignment, you will develop a concept map and provide supporting evidence and explanations.

You may use any of the following as case studies to provide the context for which you are creating your concept map:

Case studies presented in the Unit 2 presentation, Vila Health: Concept Maps as Diagnostic Tools.
If you are using the media piece as your basis, you can download the information you entered into a Microsoft Word document. You can use this text to help build your concept map using either the Concept Map Template, linked in the Resources, or in a concept map format of your choosing. Do not just turn in the document you download from the media piece. You must put this information into a concept map format.
The case study you developed for your Creating a Disorder-Specific Case Study discussion in Unit 1.
A case study from the literature or your practice that is relevant to the list of conditions below.
Another relevant case study you have developed previously.
You may also use the practice context from the case study or extrapolate the case study information and data into your own practice setting. Think carefully when you are selecting the case study you are going to use, as you may choose to build upon it for the Unit 6 Change Strategy and Implementation assignment as well.

Topic: Prediabetes.

For this assignment, you will develop a concept map and a short narrative that supports and further explains how the concept map is constructed. The bullet points below correspond to the grading criteria in the scoring guide. Be sure that your evidence-based plan addresses all of the bullet points. You may also want to read the Concept Map scoring guide and Guiding Questions: Concept Map to better understand how each grading criterion will be assessed.

Part 1: Concept Map
Develop an evidence-based concept map that illustrates a plan for achieving high-quality outcomes for a patient with a condition that has impaired glucose or metabolic imbalance as related aspects.
Part 2: Additional Evidence (Narrative)
Justify the value and relevance of the evidence you used as the basis for your concept map.
Analyze how interprofessional strategies applied to the concept map can lead to achievement of desired outcomes.
Construct concept map and linkage to additional evidence in a way that facilitates a reader’s understanding of key information and links.
Integrate relevant sources to support assertions, correctly formatting citations and references using current APA style.


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