SAMPLE One Teaching Plan from PathFinder Orientation Program

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					SAMPLE: One Teaching Plan from PathFinder Orientation Program

PathFinder Teaching Module
Multicultural Healthcare Alliance


Topic:                                    Acute vs. Chronic Illness

Reason:                                   Acute illness can (usually) be cured. Chronic illness must be managed over a life-time.

PathFinder Objectives:                    During this teaching module, the PathFinder will:
                                                    Explain the concepts of acute and chronic illness
                                                    Provide examples of acute and chronic illness
                                                    Explain the importance of managing chronic illness

Client Goals:                             By the end of this session, the client will:
                                                   Understand the difference between acute and chronic illness
                                                   Explain the importance of managing chronic illness

Teaching Content:
                                          Acute illness (usually can be cured)
                                                    Usually sudden and severe
                                                    Can make you feel very sick
                                                    Usually can be cured with medicines or surgery (sometimes with just rest!)
                                                    Ear infection, sore throat, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, sexually transmitted infections
                                          Chronic illness (can not be cured – must be managed)
                                                    Something inside the body begins to malfunction and can not be fixed
                                                    Body may not feel sick, or may begin to feel more poorly over time
                                                    Chronic illness can cause many health problems, even early death if not managed
                                                    Management
                                                         Screening (handout: when to see the doctor)
                                                         Treatments and/or life style changes that continue for a life-time
                                                    Examples of chronic illness
                                                         Asthma (breathing) can cause shortness of breath that interferes with activities,
                                                         breathing is difficult at times – and difficult breathing can cause organ damage/death
                                                                    Management: medicines, activity, sometimes diet – ongoing healthcare
                                                         Diabetes (sugar in the blood – can cause infections, blindness, heart or kidney
                                                         problems, poor circulation leading to amputations and other health problems)
                                                                    Management: exercise, nutrition, medicine (pills or shots) – ongoing
                                                                    healthcare
                                                         Hypertension – the silent killer: do not feel sick – at risk for stroke and hear attack
                                                                    Management: exercise, nutrition, medicine (pills) – ongoing healthcare

Evaluation:                               Successful outcomes of teaching session – the client will:
                                                   Explain the difference between acute and chronic illness
                                                   Discuss the importance of screening even when feeling healthy
                                                   Review the importance of working with the doctor (following doctor’s advice) to manage
                                                   chronic illness
                                                   Acknowledge that chronic illness can not be cured – but managed so person can feel as
                                                   healthy as possible.