Topic 1: Green Tea

HLSC122, Semester 2
Assessment 2 Scenarios
Topic 1: Green Tea
Green tea has been used for medicinal purposes in China and Japan for thousands of years. It is
claimed that green tea may: improve mental alertness; reduce unpleasant digestive symptoms and
headache; assist with weight loss; and be effective in helping to prevent heart disease and cancer. Lisa
is a 25-year-old whose family has a history of cancer. She wants to know if there is any evidence about
the general health benefits related to cancer prevention.
Clinical question
Is there any evidence to support the claim that drinking green tea, may prevent cancer in adults?
Topic 2: Turmeric
Anna often suffers from irritable bowel syndrome, with symptoms such as lower abdominal cramping
and diarrhoea. Her mother practices Ayurveda medicine, and believes taking turmeric will be a helpful
probiotic/prebiotic for improving Anna’s gut health and gut microbes. Anna is happy to take the
turmeric powder or the turmeric root, however she wants to know what research is available to
support the use of turmeric to improve her gut health.
Clinical question
In adults with symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, what is the efficacy of turmeric as a treatment
Topic 3: Acupuncture
Beth, a 54-year-old, has sustained a lower back injury whilst working at her part time job. Beth has
tried a variety of treatments including physiotherapy, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication.
While these treatments have had some effect, she is considering visiting a naturopath to be treated
with acupuncture. Beth wants to know if there is any evidence to support the use of acupuncture as
a treatment for her lower back pain.
Clinical question
What is the effectiveness of acupuncture for the treatment of lower back pain in middle aged adults?
Topic 4: Fish Oil
Fish oil is consumed by millions of people worldwide, as a therapy for a variety of health conditions.
Albert is a 78-year-old gentleman who has bilateral macular degeneration. His friend George suggests
that fish oil will reverse his macular degeneration. Albert is keen to try anything that would help to
relieve his condition but would like to know if there is any trusted research to support the use of fish
oil for his condition. He doesn’t have a lot of extra money to spend buying expensive fish oil capsules.
Clinical question
In older adults with macular degeneration is fish oil an effective treatment option?
Topic 5: Hand Hygiene
Rosemary Duncan is a second- year student in the faculty of health sciences. Rosemary has been in
lock down because of the COVID-19 pandemic. After the announcement of lessening COVD-19
restrictions, she has observed that people were practicing wearing of masks more compared to hand
hygiene practices. Rosemary decides to research if hand hygiene is effective in reducing the
transmission of viral respiratory conditions in the community.
Clinical question
In the community setting, do people practice hand hygiene practices as an infection control measure?