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Running head: WEEK 8 ASSIGNMENT: DECISION TREE FOR NEUROLOGICAL 1 Week 8 Assignment: Decision Tree for Neurological and Musculoskeletal Disorders Bronwyn Hershey Walden University Advanced Pharmacology NURS 6521 C Dr. Ridley October 5, 2019
WEEK 8 ASSIGNMENT: DECISION TREE FOR NEUROLOGICAL 2 Week 8 Assignment: Decision Tree for Neurological and Musculoskeletal Disorders Advanced practitioners are often the first to encounter patients seeking treatment for cognitive and behavioral decline during their initial visit with healthcare providers. Although, as people age mild cognitive decline is to be expected, rarely does it interfere with personal relationships and daily functioning. When these changes begin to have negative impacts, screenings are an essential part of routine examinations deciding when it is time for pharmaceutical interventions (Schoeder, Martin, & Walling, 2019). The purpose for this assignment is to expose student nurse practitioners to the tools utilized deciding which treatment best fits the patient in need. The use of screenings and decision trees are evidence-based practiced yielding the best outcomes for the patients they will see in the future. Case Study Mr. Akkad The case study provided a history of present illness for Mr. Akkad. He is a 76-year-old middle eastern male reported to have “strange behavior”. His eldest son was providing history for his father and is a reliable historian. Son reports the symptoms started “a couple years ago”. The symptoms of losing interest being with family, personality changes, and changing topics in conversation due to inability to find words. These symptoms have gradually become worse over the last 2 years with personality changes being of primary concern (Laureate Education, 2019b). The son’s emphasis on his father’s minimizing of memory problems and hostility towards others have made it difficult assisting his functional decline. Decisions 1, 2, & 3 The first of three decisions to initiate medication therapy for Mr. Akkad were derived from him getting up to leave to somewhere he didn’t know repeatedly and the Mini-mental status

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