Key Facts

Module Title: NUR-40064: Drug Therapy in Rheumatology Practice
Mode of Study:Part-time
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Faculty: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
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This module is aimed at increasing the student’s knowledge of anti-rheumatic drugs, their side effects and the basis for their use in clinical practice. It will also develop the skills of the students in the interpretation of results of investigations commonly performed in patients taking anti-rheumatic drugs.

This module aims to enable the student to understand the nature of the evidence base underlying the use of drugs in the treatment of patients with inflammatory arthritis, to evaluate the efficacy of medicines and make decisions on drug administration based on research evidence and to evaluate patient responses, including adverse effects, to drugs used in the rheumatic diseases.


  • All candidates will have a Nurse or AHP qualification, current registration with the NMC or appropriate AHP body, and significant experience of the routine management of patients presenting with rheumatological disorders.
  • Candidates will normally have either a degree (at least second class honours) or an equivalent professional qualification such as a postgraduate diploma, and appropriate experience.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the nature of the evidence base underlying the use of anti-rheumatic drugs, with particular reference to inflammatory arthritis.
  • Relate the pathology of inflammatory arthritis to the drug treatment thereof.
  • Apply knowledge gained of the effects and side effects of certain anti-rheumatic drugs in implementing the safe use of these drugs in clinical practice.
  • Interpret the results of certain laboratory investigations, including core haematological and biochemical blood tests.
  • Explain the role of the patient in the decision making process.

The principal learning and teaching methods used in the module are:

  • Lectures, seminars and workshops: The core of each module delivery mode is a series of face to face tutor-led or group-led seminars or workshops.
  • Web-based learning using the Keele Learning Environment (KLE), Blackboard. 
  • Group work and peer support. All modules use focused group work and class discussions within face to face tutor time.
  • Directed independent study. Most of the study hours for each module comprise independent learning by expecting participants to add depth and breadth to their knowledge of topics, to practice skills and to reflect on critical incidents and their practice.