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Undergraduate Course: Living with Chronic Illness (NUST10037)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course provides a map of the terrain of chronic illness with particular consideration given to the experience of living with chronic illness and the implications for community nursing practice. Students studying this course have the opportunity to explore chronic illness through the lifespan, studying aspects of the impact of chronic illness on families and professionals. A strength of this course is the integration of research and clinical practice throughout the taught component and students can enjoy contributions from a blend of clinical experts and researchers when studying chronic illness. Students will be encouraged to analyse chronic illness and how this differs from acute illness to develop a more holistic understanding of chronic illness in society. The emphasis for the course will primarily be on a U.K. perspective, but within an international context. Some student participation is expected and encouraged throughout the course.

Students will explore and evaluate issues pertinent to the experience of living with chronic illness such as quality of life issues, adapting to health circumstances, ways of coping and survivorship. The spiritual nature of coping will be explored in tandem with the more physical demands of adapting to chronic illness. This course facilitates a critical analysis of community practice from the perspectives of recipients of care. The effect of chronic illness on families and carers will be a main focus for this course as opposed to the more traditional health professional perspective.

The course will enable students to identify and evaluate the different roles of the practitioners and agencies in the community in respect of supporting people with chronic illness. The emphasis of the course is on the experience of living with chronic illness as opposed to caring for chronically ill people.
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Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Appreciate the importance of effective communication for caring safely and achieving high quality care
  2. Analyse and discuss long term conditions within society and demonstrate understanding of the potential implications of illness in one or more family members on the family unit as a whole
  3. Critically discuss research evidence in relation to long term conditions
  4. Analyse and discuss strategies for adaptation to long term conditions
  5. Gain insight into the dynamics of working with individuals and families in the community
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Course organiserDr Elaine Haycock-Stuart
Tel: (0131 6)50 8442
Course secretaryMiss Lee Gaedtke
Tel: (0131 6)51 3972
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