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This module (in conjunction with Clinical Geriatric Medicine 1) advances the knowledge of common clinical conditions that affect the health of older people and their appropriate management. The modules comprise themed multidisciplinary study days, and topics are considered in a framework which covers the stages of frailty (early, moderate, and advanced) and phases of care (proactive, routine, responsive). There is emphasis in a patient-centred, multi-professional, multi-organisational approach and illustrated by case studies to enable achievement of learning objectives in relation to disease management and integration of care.
In conjunction with Clinical Geriatric Medicine 1, the aim of this module is to enable learners to further develop their core knowledge of geriatric medicine. The two modules can be taken in any order, and it is intended that between them they will cover the most common disorders and problems affecting older people. An evidence-based approach will be used to develop the skills of critical analysis. In addition, this module will focus on developing an understanding of the role of audit in improving the quality of patient care by requiring students to reflect on current practice and the means by which it might be modified if necessary. Students will also develop the skills necessary to produce a poster as a means of disseminating academic work.
Students who successfully complete this module will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of clinical audit in improving care to older people.
- Show expert knowledge of the most common conditions affecting older people.
- Demonstrate the ability to deal with complex issues systematically and to make sound judgements.
- Show skills in critically appraising research evidence
- Demonstrate the reflective and independent learning skills required for continued professional developoment.
- Communicate effectively in different media.
Healthcare professional with access to older patients.
- 32 hours face to face teaching and small group discussions
- 4 x 1 hour tutorials
- 32 hours directed learning
- 26 hours self directed learning
- 16 hours preparing for student-led discussion and tutorials
- 40 hours assessment writing and presentation
In conjunction with Clinical Geriatric Medicine 1, this module covers common themes relating to older patients such as management of acute frailty presentations, rehabilitation and reablement, drugs prescribing in older patients, palliative care and end-of-life issues. There will be a combination of interactive expert-led and student-led seminars, analysis of the literature and case-based discussions. In addition to writing a clinical audit report, each student will produce a poster summarizing their findings. Students are encouraged to produce their work with a view to further dissemination, such as conference presentations.
The assessment is comprised of two parts:
1. Clinical Audit report of 2750 words
(80% of the overall mark - qualifying mark 50%)
This clinical audit report will contain a summary review of current literature of the subject and a discussion of current practice demonstrating clearly why this is an important area to audit. The report must adhere to basic principles of the Audit process e.g. define clearly the subject population and sample selection, outline the authoritative clinical guidelines and audit standards used in the project, the methodology of data collection and analysis, discussion of the main findings and proposed actions.
Students who have not carried out recently an audit project as such will submit a detailed Audit proposal instead. This should be structured in the same way as a completed audit project report and address adequately each component of the audit process.
2. Poster Presentation
(20% of the overall mark - qualifying mark 50%)
As part of developing a range of skills in disseminating academic findings, students will produce a poster summarising the work of Assessment 1.
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