The aim of this module is to enable you to develop in depth knowledge and understanding in the diagnosis, management and assessment of clients presenting with COPD.
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: Respiratory Care or PgC Practice Development: Long Term Conditions.
Definitions, symptoms, prevalence, pathophysiology, trigger factors, means of assessment for diagnosis and in assessment of severity of exacerbation, drugs and delivery systems, patient education, action plans, biopsychosocial effects, spirometry.
On successful completion, you will be able to:
- Critically review the pathophysiological processes occurring in the development of COPD, demonstrating application of this knowledge to practice
- Critically evaluate the methods used in making a diagnosis of COPD, 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 COPD adapting as appropriate to individual needs
- Critically evaluate the complexity of treatment options used in COPD and recommend appropriate evidence based therapeutic interventions within your area of practice
- Apply and critically evaluate evidence based health promotion interventions to patients and carers in the management of COPD and the management of the biopsychosocial implications of this diagnosis
Indicative core bibliography
- Gardenshire, D (2011) Rau's Respiratory Care Pharmacology St. Louis, Elsevier
- Hansen, J (2011) Pulmonary Function Testing and Interpretation London, Jaypee Brothers medical Publishers Ltd
- Lynes, D (2007) The Management of COPD in Primary and Secondary Care London, M&K Update Ltd
- Piper, S (2009) Health Promotion; theory and practice London, Routledge
- West, J, (2008) Respiratory Physiology (8th ed) London, Lippincott Wiliams and Wilkins
- Thorax http://thorax.bmjjournals.com
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.
Have a question about our entry requirements?
Evidence of prior successful study at underpinning level.
To be eligible to study this module, you must be a registered nurse or allied health professional and able to apply the learning outcomes to your practice.
The closing date for applications is 5 working days prior to the module start date or, if this is your first module, 5 working days prior to the induction date.
We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries, grants and funds available to support you throughout your studies with us. This includes the Cumbria Bursary - a non-repayable bursary designed to support first year students with a household income of less than £25,000.Student Finance
All students will need to purchase stationery, course books and personal equipment. Extra costs may also be applicable to cover field trips, membership fees etc.
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