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This module aims to increase both the depth and breadth of the student's ability to critically evaluate the management of the respiratory complications of neuromuscular conditions. This is done through learning activities based around the development of advanced problem solving skills in the assessment and management of respiratory problems. This will be facilitated by workshops in the use of assistive technologies, case based learning in small groups and an emphasis on wider reading of the literature to support choices. The module will focus on the management of the respiratory complications of neuromuscular disease and is aimed at those wishing to advance their knowledge and skills in this expanding area. The module content may be of interest to physiotherapists, nurses and medical staff wishing to gain an insight into the management of these problems. The teaching and learning activities are also available as a CPD opportunity only.
15-17 April 2019
Exam Date 6 June 2019
The module aims to enhance the student's evidence based knowledge and critical elevation of:
1. Assessment with respect to the respiratory complications of neuromuscular disease (NMD).
2. Planning, delivering and the evaluation of care of patients with respiratory complications of NMD.
Module Learning Outcomes/Objectives
Critically analyse and evaluate the causes of respiratory complications in neuromuscular disease (NMD).
Critically evaluate and synthesise current evidence to support clinical decisions and management choices in the application of respiratory physiotherapy.
Critically evaluate the use of assistive technologies in the management of the respiratory complications of NMD, including non-invasive ventilation, lung volume recruitment devices and mechanical insufflation/exsufflation.
Critically evaluate the appropriate use of outcome measures for respiratory problems in patients with NMD.
Critially discuss appropriate engagement in end of life discussions with patients with NMD and contribution to end of life care planning within the context of a multidisciplinary team.
Undergraduate degree at 2:2 and above in a relevant healthcare subject (e.g. physiotherapy, medicine, nursing) or equivalent qualification and experience
Barred Combinations: Advanced Therapeutic Management of Respiratory Problems (ATMRP) PTY-40054
Teaching and learning activities will be based around the development of problem solving skills in the assessment and management of the respiratory complications of neuromuscular disease (NMD) and the evidence base for advanced respiratory management interventions.
Topic areas will include:
An overview of NMD and the possible respiratory complications of NMD in both adults and children.
The role of non-invasive ventilation in the management of ventilatory failure in patients with NMD.
Assessment and management of patients with these problems including the use of assistive technologies and end of life management.
Advanced respiratory management skills - e.g. breath stacking and manually assisted coughing; interactive demonstrations of lung volume recruitment bags and mechanical insufflator-exsufflators.
The module will be facilitated by case based learning and workshops in small groups and there will be an emphasis on wide reading of the literature to support choices.
18 hours of teacher contact
6 hours of pre-reading
126 hours of independent study related to module content
2,000 word essay (weighted 50%)
Students will submit a 2,000 word essay which explores the use of advanced therapeutic management interventions, including assistive technologies, in relation to the respiratory complications of neuromuscular Disease.
Presentation and critique of a primary research paper (weighted 50%)
Students will critically discuss the findings of a primary research paper related to the management of the respiratory complications of NMD, including how the findings relate to clinical practice. This discussion will be supported by a structured presentation (20 minutes including questions). Students will submit a copy of their chosen paper to examiners in advance.