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    Health Case Studies

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    Glynda Rees, British Columbia Institute of Technology

    Rob Kruger, British Columbia Institute of Technology

    Janet Morrison, British Columbia Institute of Technology

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    Language: English

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    Reviewed by Jessica Sellars, Medical assistant office instructor, Blue Mountain Community College on 10/11/23

    This is a book of compiled and very well organized patient case studies. The author has broken it up by disease patient was experiencing and even the healthcare roles that took place in this patients care. There is a well thought out direction and... read more

    Reviewed by Cindy Sun, Assistant Professor, Marshall University on 1/7/23

    Interestingly, this is not a case of ‘you get what you pay for’. Instead, not only are the case studies organized in a fashion for ease of use through a detailed table of contents, the authors have included more support for both faculty and... read more

    Reviewed by Stephanie Sideras, Assistant Professor, University of Portland on 8/15/22

    The eight case studies included in this text addressed high frequency health alterations that all nurses need to be able to manage competently. While diabetes was not highlighted directly, it was included as a potential comorbidity. The five... read more

    Reviewed by Chris Roman, Associate Professor, Butler University on 5/19/22

    It would be extremely difficult for a book of clinical cases to comprehensively cover all of medicine, and this text does not try. Rather, it provides cases related to common medical problems and introduces them in a way that allows for various... read more

    Reviewed by Trina Larery, Assistant Professor, Pittsburg State University on 4/5/22

    The book covers common scenarios, providing allied health students insight into common health issues. The information in the book is thorough and easily modified if needed to include other scenarios not listed. The material was easy to understand... read more

    Reviewed by Benjamin Silverberg, Associate Professor/Clinician, West Virginia University on 3/24/22

    The appendix reviews the "key roles" and medical venues found in all 8 cases, but is fairly spartan on medical content. The table of contents at the beginning only lists the cases and locations of care. It can be a little tricky to figure out what... read more

    Reviewed by Danielle Peterson, Assistant Professor, University of Saint Francis on 12/31/21

    This text provides readers with 8 case studies which include both chronic and acute healthcare issues. Although not comprehensive in regard to types of healthcare conditions, it provides a thorough look at the communication between healthcare... read more

    Reviewed by Crystal Wynn, Associate Professor, Virginia State University on 7/21/21

    The text covers a variety of chronic diseases within the cases; however, not all of the common disease states were included within the text. More chronic diseases need to be included such as diabetes, cancer, and renal failure. Not all allied... read more

    Reviewed by Rebecca Hillary, Biology Instructor, Portland Community College on 6/15/21

    This textbook consists of a collection of clinical case studies that can be applicable to a wide range of learning environments from supplementing an undergraduate Anatomy and Physiology Course, to including as part of a Medical or other health... read more

    Reviewed by Richard Tarpey, Assistant Professor, Middle Tennessee State University on 5/11/21

    As a case study book, there is no index or glossary. However, medical and technical terms provide a useful link to definitions and explanations that will prove useful to students unfamiliar with the terms. The information provided is appropriate... read more

    Reviewed by Paula Baldwin, Associate Professor/Communication Studies, Western Oregon University on 5/10/21

    The different case studies fall on a range, from crisis care to chronic illness care. read more

    Reviewed by Marlena Isaac, Instructor, Aiken Technical College on 4/23/21

    This text is great to walk through patient care with entry level healthcare students. The students are able to take in the information, digest it, then provide suggestions to how they would facilitate patient healing. Then when they are faced with... read more

    Reviewed by Kim Garcia, Lecturer III, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on 11/16/20

    The book has 8 case studies, so obviously does not cover the whole of medicine, but the cases provided are descriptive and well developed. Cases are presented at different levels of difficulty, making the cases appropriate for students at... read more

    Reviewed by Raihan Khan, Instructor/Assistant Professor, James Madison University on 11/3/20

    The book contains several important health issues, however still missing some chronic health issues that the students should learn before they join the workforce, such as diabetes-related health issues suffered by the patients. read more

    Reviewed by Ryan Sheryl, Assistant Professor, California State University, Dominguez Hills on 7/16/20

    This text contains 8 medical case studies that reflect best practices at the time of publication. The text identifies 5 overarching learning objectives: interprofessional collaboration, client centered care, evidence-based practice, quality... read more

    Reviewed by Monica LeJeune, RN Instructor, LSUE on 4/24/20

    Has comprehensive unfolding case studies that guide the reader to recognize and manage the scenario presented. Assists in critical thinking process. read more

    Reviewed by april jarrell, associate professor, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College on 1/7/20

    The text is a great case study tool that is appropriate for nursing school instructors to use in aiding students to learn the nursing process. read more

    Reviewed by Lisa Underwood, Practical Nursing Instructor, NTCC on 12/3/19

    The text provides eight comprehensive case studies that showcase the different viewpoints of the many roles involved in patient care. It encompasses the most common seen diagnoses seen across healthcare today. Each case study comes with its own... read more

    Reviewed by Melanie McGrath, Associate Professor, TRAILS on 11/29/19

    The text covered some of the most common conditions seen by healthcare providers in a hospital setting, which forms a solid general base for the discussions based on each case. read more

    Reviewed by Lynne Umbarger, Clinical Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy, Emory and Henry College on 11/26/19

    While the book does not cover every scenario, the ones in the book are quite common and troublesome for inexperienced allied health students. The information in the book is thorough enough, and I have found the cases easy to modify for educational... read more

    Reviewed by Cindy Krentz, Assistant Professor, Metropolitan State University of Denver on 6/15/19

    The book covers eight case studies of common inpatient or emergency department scenarios. I appreciated that they had written out the learning objectives. I liked that the patient was described before the case was started, giving some... read more

    Reviewed by Catherine J. Grott, Interim Director, Health Administration Program, TRAILS on 5/5/19

    The book is comprehensive but is specifically written for healthcare workers practicing in Canada. The title of the book should reflect this. read more

    Reviewed by Lindsey Henry, Practical Nursing Instructor, Fletcher on 5/1/19

    I really appreciated how in the introduction, five learning objectives were identified for students. These objectives are paramount in nursing care and they are each spelled out for the learner. Each Case study also has its own learning... read more

    Reviewed by Leah Jolly, Instructor, Clinical Coordinator, Oregon Institute of Technology on 4/10/19

    Good variety of cases and pathologies covered. read more

    Reviewed by Alex Sargsyan, Doctor of Nursing Practice/Assistant Professor , East Tennessee State University on 10/8/18

    Because of the case study character of the book it does not have index or glossary. However it has summary for each health case study outlining key elements discussed in each case study. read more

    Reviewed by Justin Berry, Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director, Northland Community and Technical College, East Grand Forks, MN on 8/2/18

    This text provides eight patient case studies from a variety of diagnoses, which can be utilized by healthcare students from multiple disciplines. The cases are comprehensive and can be helpful for students to determine professional roles,... read more

    Reviewed by Ann Bell-Pfeifer, Instructor/Program Director, Minnesota State Community and Technical College on 5/21/18

    The book gives a comprehensive overview of many types of cases for patient conditions. Emergency Room patients may arrive with COPD, heart failure, sepsis, pneumonia, or as motor vehicle accident victims. It is directed towards nurses, medical... read more

    Reviewed by Shelley Wolfe, Assistant Professor, Winona State University on 5/21/18

    This text is comprised of comprehensive, detailed case studies that provide the reader with multiple character views throughout a patient’s encounter with the health care system. The Table of Contents accurately reflected the content. It should... read more

    Reviewed by Darline Foltz, Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati - Clermont College on 3/27/18

    This book covers all areas listed in the Table of Contents. In addition to the detailed patient case studies, there is a helpful section of "How to Use this Resource". I would like to note that this resource "aligns with the open textbooks... read more

    Table of Contents


    • Introduction

    Case Study #1: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

    • Learning Objectives
    • Patient: Erin Johns
    • At Home
    • Emergency Room

    Case Study #2: Pneumonia

    • Learning Objectives
    • Patient: Erin Johns
    • At Home
    • Day 0: Emergency Room
    • Day 1: Emergency Room
    • Day 1: Medical Ward
    • Day 2: Medical Ward
    • Day 3: Medical Ward
    • Day 4: Medical Ward
    • Discharge

    Case Study #3: Unstable Angina (UA)

    • Learning Objectives
    • Patient: Harj Singh
    • At Home
    • Emergency Room

    Case Study #4: Heart Failure (HF)

    • Learning Objectives
    • Patient: Meryl Smith
    • In the Supermarket
    • Emergency Room
    • Day 0: Medical Ward
    • Day 1: Medical Ward
    • Day 2: Medical Ward
    • Day 3: Medical Ward

    Case Study #5: Motor Vehicle Collision (MVC)

    • Learning Objectives
    • Patient: Aaron Knoll
    • Crash Scene
    • Emergency Room
    • Operating Room
    • Post Anaesthesia Care Unit (PACU)
    • Surgical Ward

    Case Study #6: Sepsis

    • Learning Objectives
    • Patient: George Thomas
    • Sleepy Hollow Care Facility
    • Emergency Room
    • Day 1: Medical Ward
    • Day 2: Medical Ward

    Case Study #7: Colon Cancer

    • Learning Objectives
    • Patient: Fred Johnson
    • Two Months Ago
    • Pre-Surgery Admission
    • Operating Room
    • Surgical Ward

    Case Study #8: Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

    • Learning Objectives
    • Patient: Jamie Douglas
    • Surgical Ward

    Appendix: Overview
    About the Authors

    Ancillary Material

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    About the Book

    Health Case Studies is composed of eight separate health case studies. Each case study includes the patient narrative or story that models the best practice (at the time of publishing) in healthcare settings. Associated with each case is a set of specific learning objectives to support learning and facilitate educational strategies and evaluation.

    The case studies can be used online in a learning management system, in a classroom discussion, in a printed course pack or as part of a textbook created by the instructor. This flexibility is intentional and allows the educator to choose how best to convey the concepts presented in each case to the learner.

    Because these case studies were primarily developed for an electronic healthcare system, they are based predominantly in an acute healthcare setting. Educators can augment each case study to include primary healthcare settings, outpatient clinics, assisted living environments, and other contexts as relevant.

    About the Contributors


    Glynda Rees teaches at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in Vancouver, British Columbia. She completed her MSN at the University of British Columbia with a focus on education and health informatics, and her BSN at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Glynda has many years of national and international clinical experience in critical care units in South Africa, the UK, and the USA. Her teaching background has focused on clinical education, problem-based learning, clinical techniques, and pharmacology.

    Glynda‘s interests include the integration of health informatics in undergraduate education, open accessible education, and the impact of educational technologies on nursing students’ clinical judgment and decision making at the point of care to improve patient safety and quality of care.

    Faculty member in the critical care nursing program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) since 2003, Rob has been a critical care nurse for over 25 years with 17 years practicing in a quaternary care intensive care unit. Rob is an experienced educator and supports student learning in the classroom, online, and in clinical areas. Rob’s Master of Education from Simon Fraser University is in educational technology and learning design. He is passionate about using technology to support learning for both faculty and students.

    Part of Rob’s faculty position is dedicated to providing high fidelity simulation support for BCIT’s nursing specialties program along with championing innovative teaching and best practices for educational technology. He has championed the use of digital publishing and was the tech lead for Critical Care Nursing’s iPad Project which resulted in over 40 multi-touch interactive textbooks being created using Apple and other technologies.

    Rob has successfully completed a number of specialist certifications in computer and network technologies. In 2015, he was awarded Apple Distinguished Educator for his innovation and passionate use of technology to support learning. In the past five years, he has presented and published abstracts on virtual simulation, high fidelity simulation, creating engaging classroom environments, and what the future holds for healthcare and education.

    Janet Morrison is the Program Head of Occupational Health Nursing at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in Burnaby, British Columbia. She completed a PhD at Simon Fraser University, Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology, with a focus on health information technology. Her dissertation examined the effects of telehealth implementation in an occupational health nursing service. She has an MA in Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University and an MA in Library and Information Studies from the University of British Columbia.

    Janet’s research interests concern the intended and unintended impacts of health information technologies on healthcare students, faculty, and the healthcare workforce.

    She is currently working with BCIT colleagues to study how an educational clinical information system can foster healthcare students’ perceptions of interprofessional roles.

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