Case study: Dave turner

Word count

– There is a word limit of 1000 words +10%. Use your computer to total the number of words used in your assignment.

– However, do not include the reference list at the end of your assignment in the word count.

– In-text citations will be included in the additional 10% word count.

– If you exceed the word limit by more than 10% the marker will stop marking at 1100 words.

Aim of assessment

The purpose of this assessment is to enable students to demonstrate:

  1. an understanding of the risk factors, pathophysiology and treatment of type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
  2. an understanding of the relationship between the pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes and the non-pharmacological treatment of type 2 diabetes.
  3. an understanding of the impact of chronic complications of type 2 diabetes on the individual.
  4. an evaluation of relevant literature to support an understanding of type 1 and type 2 diabetes and express this in a clear and succinct writing style.

Details: Case study – Dave Turner

Watch: Diabetes Australia. (2018, July 6). Dave’s type 2 diabetes diagnosis – National Diabetes Week. [Video]. YouTube.

Dave is 39 years old. He visited his local doctor after experiencing vision problems whilst driving. He has been unusually tired and urinating at night.

Health history: Gastro oesophageal reflux disease, Tibial fracture (Right) aged 24 years – motorbike accident

Family history: Dave’s father was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at the age of 50 years


– Blood pressure 150/90

 – Heart rate 105 beats per minute

– Body mass index 32

– obese

– Blurred vision with blue

-yellow colour loss

– Random venous blood glucose level – 25.0 mmol/L

Diagnosis: Type 2 diabetes

 Referrals:  ophthalmologist, endocrinologist, diabetes educator, dietitian, exercise physiologist

Assessment instructions

Using the marking criteria and supporting academic references address the following;

  1. Discuss the differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Relate to the risk factors, pathophysiology and treatment. Support your answer with academic references. (20 marks)
  2. Discuss the non-pharmacological treatment of type 2 diabetes and relate to the pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes. Support your answer with academic references. (20 marks)
  3. Discuss one (1) potential long term physical complication of type 2 diabetes and relate it to the pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes. Support your answer with academic references. (20 marks)
  4. Discuss the relationship between type 2 diabetes and depression. Support your answer with academic references. (20 marks)

Language Use (10 marks)

Sentences are well constructed, expression and meaning is clear, basic written language rules are followed.

 Referencing and in-text citations (10 marks) The APA (7th) referencing style is used correctly for both in-text citations and reference list.

 – Academic references include journal articles, textbooks and reports.

–          Only peer reviewed articles

–          NO pub med as references

– The Diabetes Australia website and patient information sheets are examples of consumer (general public) resources and are not considered academic references. Official reports published by Diabetes Australia for health professionals are academic references.

 – High quality academic references are current (within 5 years) and specifically relevant to the case study. The assessment must comply with the following:

– Students must respond using academic writing – using full sentences and paragraphs.

 – An introduction and conclusion are NOT required.

– Label each section using numbers – 1, 2, 3, 4. – Referencing must be presented in APA 7.

– Every answer should have in-text references. In-text references should be throughout the answer and not only at the end of a whole paragraph.

– The reference list begins on a new page with the title, “References”. References are listed in alphabetical order based on the first author’s surname.

– A hanging indent is required in the reference list after the first line of each reference.

– The title of text books and the name of the journal and volume is in italics.

– Every in-text reference must match with a reference in the reference list.

– Only references used in the in-text references should appear in the reference list.


 All assignments are to be typed. Typing must be according to the following format:

– 3 cm left and right margins, double spaced

– Font: Arial or Times New Roman 9

 – Font size: 12pt

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