To develop in-depth knowledge and understanding in the assessment and management of children and adults presenting with asthma.
You will need to complete an induction prior to commencement of your first module. We have a comprehensive online induction package to welcome you to both the university and your programme of study. Alternatively, classroom-based induction days take place at our Lancaster and Carlisle campuses and are usually scheduled for the first week of each semester.
The running of this module is dependent on there being sufficient numbers of interest.
This module can be studied as part of the PgC Practice Development: Long Term Conditions or PgC Practice Development: Respiratory Care.
Definitions, symptoms, prevalence, pathophysiology, trigger factors, means of assessment for diagnosis and in assessment of severity of exacerbation, drugs and delivery systems, patient / carer education, action plans, biopsychosocial effects of chronic illness.
On successful completion, you will be able to:
- Critically review the pathophysiological processes occurring in the development of asthma, demonstrating application of this knowledge to practice
- Critically evaluate the methods used in making a diagnosis of asthma, highlighting the complexity in a variety of diagnostic methods
- Obtain patient histories to demonstrate, identify and critically analyse the influencing factors in assessing a patient with asthma, adapting as appropriate to individual needs
- Critically evaluate the treatment options used in asthma and recommend appropriate evidence based therapeutic interventions
- Apply and critically evaluate evidence based health promotion interventions to patients and carers in the management of asthma, including the management of the biopsychosocial implications of this diagnosis
Indicative core bibliography
- Barnes, K (2004) Paediatrics: a guide for nurse practitioners New York Butterworth-Heinemann
- BTS/SIGN (2011) British Guideline on the Management of Asthma. A national clinical guideline 101 BTS/ SIGN
- Piper, S (2009) Health Promotion for Nurses; theory and practice London, Routledge
- Rees, J & Kanabar, D (2005) ABC of Asthma London, Blackwell Publishing
- West, J, (2008) Respiratory Physiology (8th ed) London, Lippincott Wiliams and Wilkins
- Wood, I & Garner, M (2012) Initial Management of Acute Medical Patients: A Guide for Nurses and Healthcare Practitioners London Wiley-Blackwell
- Thorax http://thorax.bmjjournals.com
- Asthma UK www.asthma.org.uk
Assessment, Feedback, and Teaching and Learning methods
Full details are available in the programme specification.
The teaching timetable should be available from the end of August. Access to the timetable is through the Student Hub – you will be able to access the Student Hub after you have completed online registration. The teaching day is 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday; please keep your other commitments open until confirmation of your teaching timetable, and bear in mind that many courses will offer placements or fieldwork which sometimes extends into the evenings and weekends.
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Evidence of prior successful study at underpinning level.
Students must be registered nurses or allied health professionals to be eligible to study this module. Students must also demonstrate the ability to study at this level and commit to attempting the assessment.
When taken as part of a specific named award, the module content and assessment must be focused towards the subject of that award. Students must participate in the formative components of the module in order to successfully pass the module.
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