Patient Monitoring in Practice

Understanding why tests are carried out and interpreting them correctly is vital in terms not only of making the correct diagnosis, but also in monitoring both disease and drug therapy. Patients often ask about tests that they have had or are likely to undergo. These include screening tests, such as cervical smears or mammograms, as well as diagnostic specific tests such as blood tests, X-rays and scans. This short course which is assessed in two different ways, each worth 5 academic credits, will help you to understand the purpose and rationale for testing and monitoring patients and will help you to explain the tests to patients and carers.

The course material first comprises some general principles relating to the interpretation of biochemical and haematological test results then covers tests used in the following specific clinical areas: anticoagulation; cardiovascular; respiratory; endocrine; and gastrointestinal and genitourinary care. For each of these disease areas the tests and how they are used in practice are clearly described, with illustrations when appropriate. The material is followed by some case studies to help you put your learning into practice. There are also short quizzes to test your learning in each topic area. All the learning can be done online. Once registered the materials can be opened and studied at your leisure. Useful references for further reading can be found at the end of each section.

The first 5 credits can be earned by successfully completing a multiple choice question examination on line. For those who wish to go into the subject in greater depth, a second 5 credits can be achieved by completing and submitting three case studies. These case studies will need to demonstrate additional reading around the case study topics.

If you just wish to gain 5 credits doing the online assessment, the short course will cost £120. If you wish to undertake the second assessment this will cost a further £120. Students registering and paying for the full MSc programme are not required to pay extra for these courses.

To apply for Patient Monitoring in Practice please go to the University of Greenwich online application form.

To apply for Patient Monitoring in Practice as two standalone 5-credit courses:

You are applying for this programme: P13272 Associate Postgraduate Student
Courses: Patient Monitoring in Practice (PHAM1136) and Advanced Patient Monitoring in Practice (PHAM1137)

To apply for Patient Monitoring in Practice as part of the MSc in Medicines Management:

You are applying for this programme: P11172 MSc Medicines Management
Courses: Patient Monitoring in Practice (PHAM1136) and Advanced Patient Monitoring in Practice (PHAM1137)

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