A Personal Souvenir: The Interview
Example of Case Related
Janet Yagoda Shagam
A personal interview is a very satisfying way to learn about infectious
disease. In Souvenirs we were able to get information not available
in booksthe impact of disease on the people and on the communityby
interviewing patients and caregivers. Your goal for this assignment will
be to learn something that is "up close and personal" about an
infectious disease. You need to include descriptive, laboratory as well
as mode of transmission/portal of entry information about an infectious
disease of your choice. The final project, probably 2-3 pages in length,
must be typed. You may work by yourself or in a group of up to 3 people.
With time permitting, you can choose to give a brief oral presentation
to the class. The presentation will not be graded but will allow the rest
of us to learn from your experience.
Choose your topic and have it approved by the instructor. Mostly for
my benefit so I dont have to read 17 reports on HIV and 30 on TB.
These diseases are fine but also consider influenza, polio, rabies, tularemia,
hepatitis, food poisoning, rheumatic heart, Lyme disease, rocky mountain
spotted fever, chlamydia and you get the idea- yes!
- Must be an infectious disease
- Information about the disease must include: the name of the disease,
type of organism, mode of transport, port of entry, symptoms and treatment.
- Determine which (up to 4) laboratory tests might help to support a
diagnosis for this disease? What would be the expected results to support
this diagnosis? (Do this as a table.)
- Before you find a person to interview, think about the kinds of things
might you expect to hear from them. Write a short paragraph that summarizes
those thoughts. List at least four questions that you intend to ask about
their experience with the infectious disease.
- Interview somebody who has some sort of first hand experience with
the diseasepatient, family member, healthcare worker, researcher,
public health or social service employee or volunteer. Base your
interview on the four questions developed earlier with the understanding
that many more questions will evolve with time. The point of view of the
interview may be historical, " I remember when", or contemporary.
If you take the historical tact, be sure to ask how people got the disease
and how it was diagnosed and treated at that time. If you take a more contemporary
view ask the interviewee what they know about the diseasecause, how
do you get it, how/why does the treatment work. Remember you are asking
people about their personal point of view, and what they say will be colored
by the passage of time and/or their basic understanding of infectious diseases.
It is not your role to change their story or to make them feel less of
an expert on the subject.
- Write a brief summary of the interview.
- Write a concluding paragraph giving an analysis of the interviewwhat
did you learn that was new or unexpected, what dont people understand
about this disease, what do you need to do as a health care professional
to educate your patient, and anything else that seems important.
Grading: 50 points
Does it meet the above requirements?: 5 points
Writing quality: 10 points
Lab tests: 10 points
Interview: 10 points
Summary analysis: 15 point