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Vila Health: Concept Maps
as Diagnostic Tools

The Interview
The Concept Map

Vila Health: Concept Maps as
Diagnostic Tools
Concept maps are an important tool in patient-centered care
planning. A concept map helps to synthesize facts about a
patient’s health needs and personal circumstances with
available evidence and analysis. Such a tool becomes more
useful when a patient has complex health, economic, and
cultural needs.

In this simulation, you will be conducting a short interview with a patient
and then assembling a concept map for use in that patient’s care plan.

St. Anthony Medical
Exam Room
You are a nurse at St. Anthony Medical Center. You have been asked to
interview Carrie, an incoming patient. Carrie Alves is a 31-year-old
woman who is concerned about problems with her menstrual cycle. Ask
her some questions to find out more about her situation.

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Your intake form says that you’re experiencing
irregularities in your menstrual cycle. Can you tell me
Yeah. I’m kind of freaked out. I used to be really regular, but for the past
six months or so, my cycle’s been way, way off. I think I’ve only had three
periods in that time frame, and the timing between them has been really

That sounds very upsetting.
Yes, definitely! At first, I was excited when I didn’t get my period- my
husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for a while now, and I
thought we’d succeeded. Then I took a pregnancy test and saw that
wasn’t what was going on. Still, I thought maybe the change to my cycle
was because my body was getting used to quitting birth control.

Are you experiencing any other symptoms?
I’m not sure. I guess I have a few other things going on, but I’m not sure if
they’re related or not.

Such as?
I’ve had a lot of trouble sleeping lately. I have these really vivid dreams
and then just pop awake and can’t get back to sleep. I guess I’m putting
on weight… I was kind of afraid to weigh myself at home, but I’ve noticed
my pants haven’t been fitting very well. Then I got weighed here and…
sigh. Looks like I’m up 12 pounds.

I’ve also– and I know this is weird – I’ve been having really bad acne
breakouts. I thought maybe that was from my hormones getting out of
whack from getting off birth control, too, but it’s been going on for a while.
I don’t know. And – this is also weird– I’ve had a bunch of hairs growing
on my chin all the sudden. I pluck them, and they grow right back.

The Concept Map

Record Your

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After interviewing Carrie Alves, you should organize your observations
and thoughts into a concept map that can clarify the situation.

Once you’ve planned your patient’s care, you will be able to download
your concept map.

Using a concept map to plan a patient’s care can be essential
when the case and the patient’s overall needs are complex. In
this simulation, you’ve used the details of a patient’s case to
draft a concept map for her care.

Click either the Word Doc or PDF button below to download the
text for your concept map draft. You will use this text to create
a final concept map for your assignment in this unit.

After you’ve downloaded your text, you will put it into a concept
map template. You may use the template provided in the
assignment, another template, or your own concept map format
for your final map.

Click any heading in your concept map to reveal the complete

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