The purpose of this assignment is to gain an understanding of the nature and distribution of a particular physical or behavioral health problem: major depressive disorder. the etiology of the health condition, its prognosis and treatment, noted social determinants and health disparities in these dimensions and the experience of the illness. Your paper will examine issues of the behavioral, psychosocial and ecological aspects of the major depressive disorder, with focused attention to the role of social work in addressing micro and macro features of the health problem.
Learning Objectives. Be able to understand, use and apply acquired perspectives, knowledge and skills about the health problem and the role of social work/your profession in integrated health care to the analysis of a diverse range of health conditions and problems.
Skill Development. Acquire skills in the areas of research, analysis, synthesis of health information and data, and health literacy. The student will develop skills in critically evaluating relevant professional literature and other written information, identifying stresses associated with disease, and targeting individual, community-level and society-level processes for intervention and change.
Relation of assignment to course content. The assignment is focused on the major elements of course content with respect to the distribution, determinants, and psychological and behavioral aspects of health and disease. The assignment involves the examination of the behavioral, psychological, social, economic, environmental, and cultural variations in and determinants of the health problem. The influence of social determinants such as race, gender, socioeconomic position along with cultural and diversity factors are examined and inform the discussion of the existence of potential health disparities in disease prevalence, treatment, and/or outcomes. The discussion of social work/health professional roles will address issues of professional ethics and PODS content and functioning as a member of integrated health care delivery team.
Format The paper should be 6 pages in length. with 12-point font (not including references) with 1” margins. Use APA style for in-text citations and references. Resources for the assignment should include the texts and peer reviewed professional journals. You must provide a minimum of 4 peer reviewed professional journal article references. The 6 page double spaced paper should provide appropriate APA citations and a minimum of 4 professional peer reviewed article references to support your analysis.
Throughout this assignment, you are encouraged to envision yourself as a person with this diagnosis—major depressive disorder. To “own it”– and to reflect on what you might be thinking, feeling, experiencing as you learn about your diagnosis and treatment plan. It is normal to focus on the facts of this assignment, but you will also learn from pausing from time to time and thinking, “what would it be like if this really was my diagnosis?”
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