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NUR 165 - Nursing Concepts and Clinical Practice Pathophysiology Paper

2. Explore Your Topic

After thoroughly examining your assignment, now it's time to look for some initial background research on your topic.  Look for your topic in Atlas of Pathophysiology to learn more.  Your textbook is another good place to find background information.  We also recommend the following database:

Analyze Your Topic

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Ask yourself the following questions: How can the condition be prevented?
How can the condition be treated? How prevalent is the condition?


Reading a summary to learn more about your topic will help you understand it better. It can also provide you with keywords, specialized vocabulary, and definitions, which will be useful for future searches.


If your topic has significant events associated with it, knowing what they are and when they happened will help you choose the best sources to consult. For example: When was the date of discovery? When were treatments discovered? etc.


Sometimes places are important to a topic, knowing the important places associated with your topic will help you choose the best sources to consult. For example, is the condition prevalent in a specific part of the world?