Introducing the three “Alter Egos”…….
You are a 61-year-old farmer and you have recently had a myocardial infarction (heart attack). You want to get back out on the farm soon and you are not really convinced that anything happened to you other than a bout of wind! You never go to the doctor, despite your wife always telling you, you should, you believe the doctor is only for sick people. You are a rational person and will listen to what people say to you and then do whatever you think is right for you. You are overweight, a smoker, you like an occasional walk and you always take your medication. You attended every cardiac rehabilitation education and exercise class and you can see that regular exercise could be good for you.
A recent routine visit to your GP resulted in an unplanned lengthy consultation with him. You always knew you were a bit overweight but he has informed you that you are now obese which has shocked you a little. In addition, you are hypertensive. He has advised you to cut down on smoking but you consider that smoking relieves the stress of being a stay at home mum trying to manage three demanding teenage children who are very fussy eaters and a husband who is on shift work and never there when you need him. The GP has made you think a little bit about yourself for once, after all, you are 47 years old and perhaps you should look after yourself a bit more – but then again you are not a priority as far as the family goes.
You are a 45-year-old man and you have just discovered you have type 2 diabetes; diagnosed opportunistically through a health screening at work. You are surprised about your diagnosis as you believe diabetes is something you develop when you are older; at least that’s what happened to your dad. You have struggled with your weight most of your adult life and have tried numerous diets where you have lost up to 4 stone in weight but put it all back on again. You would like to exercise more but there is never enough time in the day. You need to work long hours to pay the never-ending bills and support your young family. You have been prescribed medication to help control your diabetes, but you are not convinced about the benefits and frequently miss doses. You have started to reduce your sugar intake as the nurse has told you that this would help improve your diabetes control, but you are struggling with the sugar cravings and you wonder is it all worth the effort.
Each student will receive a unique topic that is relevant to the speciality of tobacco control and preventive cardiology. You are required to research this topic and prepare an e-poster. You can keep your topic broad or narrow your focus to an area within the topic – your e-poster title should reflect this accurately. The relevance to preventive cardiology should be explicitly clear. Your e-poster should be evidence-based and use the Vancouver referencing style.
Provide a 2,000-word literature review for one of the following topics:
Critically discuss the rationale and evidence for your chosen topic within the context of preventive cardiology practice.
Provide a 2,000-word evidence-centred feature piece for a health professional magazine on a defined topic within one of the following subject areas:
Choice A: Escape the couch – physical activity, inactivity and sedentary behaviour.
Choice B: Physical activity and exercise digital health initiatives are they effective?
Choice C: ‘150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity’ does current guidance impact on Irish physical activity and exercise policy and legislation development?