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Infectious Disease Case Study

Author(s): Nancy Moreno, PhD, Barbara Tharp, MS, Deanne B. Erdmann, MS, Sonia Rahmati Clayton, PhD, and James P. Denk, MA

Let’s Talk About It

List each group’s diagnosis for Allison on the board. (From the symptoms presented in this activity, the diagnosis for Allison is the common cold.) 

If there is not consensus among groups regarding Allison’s illness, have each group discuss the key symptoms that led to its choice. Among groups that diagnosed Allison’s disease correctly, determine which one used the fewest questions/clues. 

Lead a class discussion to make sure students know that certain medical information, although correct, was not very useful in diagnosing this particular disease (e.g., Allison’s weight, height and blood pressure).

On the other hand, some of the information was essential for differentiating between disease states (e.g., body temperature, appearance and/or presence of disease-causing bacteria in the throat, body aches, type of cough, medications used, and condition of Allison’s nose).

Funded by the following grant(s)

Science Education Partnership Award, NIH

Science Education Partnership Award, NIH

Grant Number: 5R25RR018605