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Department for Health, Unit Catalogue 2011/12

HL50008: Patient informatics

Click here for further information Credits: 6
Click here for further information Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Click here for further information Period: Modular (no specific semester)
Click here for further information Assessment: CW 100%
Click here for further information Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Click here for further information Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take HL50001 and take HL50002
Click here for further information Description: Aims & Learning Objectives:

* Define the concept of the "informed patient" and its relationship to the development of patient informatics
* Define the fundamental aspects of Evidence Based Practice and its contribution to patient care
* Outline the possibilities and issues for using technology to facilitate patient access to information.
On completion of this unit students will be able to:
* Explain and discuss the elements contributing to the "informed patient"
* Explain the significance of critical appraisal and evaluation of information for evidence based practice
* Analyse the issues related to using technology to integrate information into practice for patient access.

Patients have increasing access to information from a growing range of sources. How healthcare professionals make their voice heard above the clamour of quackery and how professionals may work with patients to inform them is the main theme of this unit. Moving beyond that, the unit also explores how patients' experiences of healthcare may be improved with better management systems and a greater access to quality information. This will include the following topics:
* Concept of informed patient
* Models of illness
* Access to information
* Assessment of quality
* Patient information systems
* Self help groups
* Compliance to treatment.
Click here for further informationProgramme availability:

HL50008 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department for Health
  • THHL-ADM13 : MSc Healthcare Informatics (Distance Learning)
  • THHL-ADL11 : PG Dip Healthcare Informatics (Distance Learning)

NB. Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.