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Department for Health, Unit Catalogue 2011/12

HL50121: Consumer health 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)
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Click here for further information Description: Aims:
The aim of this unit is to explore how patients' experiences of healthcare may be improved with better information management systems and access to quality information.

Learning Outcomes:
Knowledge and Understanding
After taking this unit the student should be able to:
* Critically discuss the participation of patients in their own healthcare and more widely in the healthcare system
* Explain the significance of information quality and evidence based practice to effective delivery of healthcare
* Compare and contrast the purpose and range of consumer health information systems
These learning outcomes will be taught and assessed.

On completion of this unit students should be able to:
* Contribute to consumer health informatics activities and provide appropriate advice relevant to their area of practice
* Critically evaluate resources for use in evidence based practice
* Plan and manage their learning through reflecting on and analysing their own learning needs.
* Integrate and critically evaluate information gathered from a wide range of resources including the unit resources, text books, journal articles, web pages and other online resources. An appreciation for a hierarchy of evidence should be displayed.
* Communicate effectively with colleagues and tutors including through asynchronous online discussions.
These learning outcomes will be facilitated and some may be assessed.

Consumer Health Informatics is concerned with patient and consumer access to, and use of, health information. Increasingly in developed countries patient participation in their own healthcare and more widely healthcare delivery is becoming part of healthcare policies and strategies with some evidence to suggest that informed patients experience better health outcomes. This will include the following topics:
* Patient participation in healthcare
* Models of illness
* Access to information
* Information quality and evidence based practice
* Consumer health information systems
* What is Consumer Health Informatics?
* Illness/Wellness Models
* Expert/Informed Patient
* Evidence and evidence based practice
* Decision Making
* Collaborative Healthcare
* Patient Access to Records
* Health Promotion
* Patient Participation in Healthcare systems
* Consumer Health Informatics Research
* Information needs and information behaviour.
Click here for further informationProgramme availability:

HL50121 is Optional on the following programmes:

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