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Telehealth encompasses a wide range of basic to complex health care delivery options, with an equally expansive array of technologies to employ. For the assignment, you will locate a scholarly article

Telehealth encompasses a wide range of basic to complex health care delivery options, with an equally expansive array of technologies to employ. For the assignment, you will locate a scholarly article on telehealth published within the last 5 years in a peer-reviewed journal. You will compose a paper containing a precis, mind map, and discussion. The precis will focus on the scholarly article pertaining to telehealth technology. The mind map and discussion will help to generate and illustrate ideas about how the identified telehealth technology can be used in your current practice.

DPI Project Content Connection: While telehealth may not be directly associated with your project, this assignment will help prepare you in learning how to review and present literature. In future courses, you will develop Chapter 2 of your manuscript in which you will review at least 50 sources related to your DPI topic. Learning how to succinctly synthesize scholarly sources is a very useful skill. The precis portion will help you learn how to summarize (future assignments will assist in synthesis), and the mind map portion will help you learn how to organize your ideas and establish connections between topics and subtopics.

General Guidelines:

Use the following information to ensure successful completion of the assignment:

  • Doctoral      learners are required to use APA style for their writing assignments. The      APA Style Guide is located in the Student Success Center.
  • Use      primary sources published within the last 5 years. Provide citations and      references for all sources used.


Using the "Telehealth Template," write a 750-1,000 word paper on a telehealth technology that can be used in your current practice. The paper will include a precis, mind map (provided as the Appendix), discussion of the mind map, and conclusion, according to the following:


Provide an introduction that is succinct and includes a thesis or main idea. The essence of the paper should be contained within the thesis, and the thesis statement should make the purpose of the paper clear. You may also use the introduction to provide an overview of the organization of the paper and establish the purpose for each section.


Donald Davidson, in his book, American Composition and Rhetoric, discusses the precis as follows:

"A precis is not an outline, but a summary or digest. It is useful as an exercise in grasping the essential ideas of an already completed composition and instating these ideas in concentrated form. The precis shears away all elaborations of the thought and gives only what is left, in such a way as to make the summary a complete composition. It does not, therefore, skeletonize the original composition so much as it reduces its scale. Many of the articles in the Reader's Digest are only precis, so skillfully done that the average reader does not know that he is reading a summary. Since the precis says a great deal within a brief space, it is of great service in taking notes on library assignments and general reading."

The precis should be an organization of ideas (including logical sequencing of points), contain clear and meaningful expression, and use language suitable to the situation. Your precis section should only cite the article you are reviewing. When finished, the precis section should summarize a single scholarly article on the topic of telehealth and should be four statements long:

  1. A      statement of what was studied (i.e., argued, discussed, deliberated).
  2. A      statement of focus of the current scholarly article selected (i.e., how it      was organized and completed).
  3. A      statement of what information was identified or learned from the scholarly      article.
  4. A      statement of why the information in the article is important to your field      of study.

Mind Map

Brainstorm to generate ideas about how the identified telehealth technology can be used in your current practice using a mind map. Include the final mind map as the Appendix at the end of the paper.

Create your mind map according to the following:

  1. Take a      sheet of paper and write an identifiable main idea in the center of the      page, using only one to three words. (You may also achieve this via an      electronic sheet of paper.)
  2. Draw a      branch off your main idea. On the branch, write or draw a main topic      related to your main idea.
  3. Continue      to branch off from your main idea with main topics as needed.
  4. From      your main topics, branch off with subtopics.
  5. From      your subtopics, branch off with supporting details (write or draw).      Continue to add more details. You are free to add more topics, subtopics,      or any other items.
  6. When      you stand back and survey your work, you should see a sort of map: hence      the name for this activity. At this point, you can start to form      conclusions about how to approach a potential area of practice change. At      the end of the day, what you do with the particular map, cluster      set, orweb that you have produced depends on what you      need.
  7. If you      create your mind map on physical paper, you may scan it in as an image and      insert the image into your document. If you create the mind map      electronically, you may either convert the electronic map to an image or      use the snipping tool. Usually you can find this tool by searching in the      start menu.

Mind Map Discussion

In this section, discuss the mind map based on the scholarly article reviewed in the precis. In your discussion of the mind map:

  1. Include      a critical evaluation of ideas and connections related to the topics and      subtopics, as well as how this information could be used in practice.
  2. Include      support from two additional scholarly sources (i.e., primary sources      published within the last 5 years).
  3. Provide      citations in text for all sources used and accompanying references in the      References section. In addition, refer to the mind map in the appendix and      cite it properly in text.


In the conclusion, provide a summary of ideas and support the main claim of the paper. Be sure to summarize key points rather than restating the material.

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