This module will enable you to build on your learning in PPI as it is constructed in a similar format. As in PPI you will produce a portfolio of your placement experiences and project work. In particular this module will develop your understanding of the organisation of health care (primarily in the UK), the different factors that influence health and illness and ethical issues in medicine. You will further develop your understanding of IT, information retrieval and basic statistics and their application in health care.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Assess how ethical challenges are addressed by health professionals
- Further demonstrate appropriate application of key IT skills
- Demonstrate a broad overview of the organisation and funding of health care
- Demonstrate a concern for the interests and dignity of patients
- Access and use a range of resources in both electronic and paper format
- Identify possible ethical issues in health care
- Reflect on experiences and link experiences to current literature
- Describe basic statistical concepts, analyse data and perform appropriate statistical tests applied to a health care context
- Analyse the interaction between factors that influence health and illness
- Evaluate the effectiveness of recent reorganisations, especially in relation to improving quality standards & access to appropriate care
- Describe some of the social, psychological, biological and environmental factors which influence health and illness
- Demonstrate basic application of epidemiological data in a health care context
This module is designed around 3 projects, the topics being:
- The organisation of health care
- Factors that influence health and illness
- Ethical issues in health care
In order to meet the learning outcomes, the syllabus will contain teaching in the following areas:
- The Organisation of Health Care
International perspectives on health and health organisations. The reorganisation of the NHS, funding and planning in the NHS. Differences in service provision, needs assessment and performance indicators. Private health care. Quality audit and quality assurance measures in practice. Organisation of primary care.
- Factors that Influence Health and Illness
Range of causes and patterns of ill health. Range of factors that influence health and illness. Inequalities in health. Stress, illness and coping. Factors influencing mental health. Preventative medicine and education. Pain and pain management.
- Ethical Issues in Health Care
Codes of conduct, “duties of a doctor”. The principles of medical ethics. Patient confidentiality. Informed consent. Ethical issues of end of life decisions. Social and ethical implications of “The New Genetics”.
- Numeracy, Statistics and IT
Introduction to statistics: statistical principles, descriptive statistics and basic statistical tests. Measures of central tendency, measures of dispersion, data types, methods of data presentation, probability, hypothesis testing and application of statistical tests. Basic principles of epidemiology and their application in healthcare
- Information Retrieval
Further development of skills in information retrieval from medical databases and on-line resources.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
The module will be taught through a range of face-to-face and online learning and teaching strategies which will include:
- Guided self-study
- Problem solving
- Role play
- Group work
- Patient based learning
- Health care placements
- Reflective writing
- Peer and self-evaluation
|Wider reading or practice||37|
|Completion of assessment task||72|
|Preparation for scheduled sessions||80|
|Total study time||375|
Resources & Reading list
Alder B, Porter M, Abraham C, van Teijlingen E. (2009). Psychology & Sociology Applied to Medicine. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
Petrie A, Sabin C. (2009). Medical Statistics at a glance. Blackwell Scientific.
There are both coursework (portfolio) and examination components to this module. Both components must be passed. There can be no compensation between components but there can be compensation within each component. Students are normally required to only resubmit the failed elements of the portfolio in a supplementary assessment.
Students are not normally permitted to repeat the year
This is how we’ll give you feedback as you are learning. It is not a formal test or exam.Statistics Test
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
Repeat type: External