Case Conceptualization



Components necessary to develop aninvestigation of evidence-based practice and analyze how EBPresembles the scientific method.

Evidence-based practice is the integration of research evidence incombination with clinical expertise and the patient values that whenapplied by the healthcare providers would lead to an improvement inthe patient outcomes (LoBiondo-Wood &amp Haber, 2005). In developingan investigation of the evidence-based practice, there are criticalcomponents needed. Three primary components stand out. The firstelement is the best evidence that is found in a clinically relevantresearch that has been done through the use of sound methodology. Thenext component is about the clinical expertise that is the cumulatedlevel of education combined with the skills and experience ofpractice. Finally, patient values that entail his particularpreferences, concerns and the expectations that they have and comewith when they encounter a clinician. The three components whencombined are vital when it comes to the development of evidence-basedpractice.

EBP does resemble the scientific method in the manner in which theentire concept enters into being. The resemblance emanates from thefact that the clinicians have to rely on research that may have beendone and translate into practice. In the same way, the scientificmethod entails carrying out research upon which the findings aretranslated into practice.

Value and importance of caseconceptualization

A case conceptualization model remains to be an essential tool forany clinician. It serves as a framework through which the clinicianforms methods of addressing a particular patient’s health concern.The conceptual framework does entail conducting an assessment of thepatients where the patients are helped to come up with a story abouttheir health concerns. The assessment involves the methods,procedures, and the tools required for the collection and processingof information that would be used to come up with the helpingprogram.

Conceptualization is helpful especially because it helps theparticular clinician who is the helper to understand the manner inwhich the client presents their concerns (Constantine, 2001). It isthrough the development of the conceptualization model that theclinician will be well-placed to help the patient suffering from theparticular problem.

Analysis of the exemplar case

Linda can be described as being depressed about her state. She iscautious of her state that she appears not have many friends andfeels to have a low self-esteem. She is employed and seems not to becontented with the work she is doing.

The presenting problem affects Linda’s level of functioning andcomparable quality of life since she is stressed and appearsdiscontented.

Also, she is not confident as she was not successful in her adultclasses. Further, she is in an uncertain relationship with her familymembers. Further, she has had a history of abuse of drugs havingsmoked marijuana once.

Explanation of the sections and how they relate to each other

Linda doubts her cognitive ability explaining the reason she may besuffering from low academic progress. She gets an opportunity to workat an insurance company but has been there since High School and hasnot changed jobs probably due to low self-esteem. Further, the factthat she enrolls in adult education classes and turns outunsuccessful is a confirmation of the fact that her anxious nature isaffecting her. Her medical history further serves to confirm heranxious state as she is seen taking aspirin probably to calm herself.The relationship between the family members is also severedespecially since her brothers used to tease her making her loseconfidence in herself. Finally, deciding to smoke marijuana can beseen as a way of trying to fit in with the others due to her lowesteem.


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