96817 Optimizing wellbeing for people living with advanced disease
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Credit points: 6 cp
Result type: Grade and marks
This subject builds student skills and capabilities to recognise, manage and communicate effectively with individuals living with a life-limiting progressive disease. Students analyse the impact of different disease trajectories and the uncertainty this creates within the context of survivorship theories. Students examine approaches to screening for psychological distress and identify opportunities to respond appropriately. Student synthesise the current evidence-based psychosocial interventions for living with uncertainty and reflect on the role and implications of inappropriately addressed uncertainty. Utilising a person-centred approach, students tailor specific approaches to the needs of people with advanced, progressive diseases and their carers to develop an individualised survivorship plan, supporting behaviour change where appropriate.
Subject learning objectives (SLOs)
|A.||Examine and demonstrate the capabilities required to recognise, interpret and communicate sensitively about distress and uncertainty using a person-centred approach.|
|B.||Evaluate psychosocial implications of living with an advanced, progressive disease for patients, carers, and families.|
|C.||Synthesise and integrate established theory into the design of a comprehensive survivorship plan for an individual living with an advanced, progressive disease.|
|D.||Critically reflect on complexities inherent in antecedents, appraisals and coping with uncertainty throughout the trajectory of an advanced, progressive disease.|
Teaching and learning strategies
Learning the concepts involved in uncertainty management will occur through engagement with online modules, webinars, academic staff and other students. To enable a richer learning experience when interacting with other students and speakers, students will be required to prepare for webinars in advance by reading, watching videos, and completing online tasks prior to attending. Canvas will be used for all announcements and subject materials.
Students will be engaged in interactive learning activities, such as communication skills activities and discussion board forums. Activities will include collaborating with other students in problem-based learning activities and presentations via Zoom meetings, for which students will receive feedback from both academic staff and peers. Feedback will also be provided for assessment activities that include individual and group tasks including online work, multimedia presentations, and written work.
Developing communication skills
Students will clarify complex concepts during webinars and via engagement in interactive online activities. Case studies and real examples from practice will be used to facilitate discussion.
Students will critically appraise their own knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, practice, and communication during webinars and via engagement in interactive online activities.
Module 1 – Understanding the psychology of living with uncertainty
- Psychology of advanced disease, across continuums and trajectories
- Theoretical approaches to understanding stress and coping
- Key concepts involved in living with uncertainty in advanced progressive disease
- Survivorship in palliative care and appreciating the potential to have fluctuating palliative care needs
Module 2 – Assessing and managing distress and uncertainty (prostate cancer exemplar)
- Understanding the nature and extent of psychological distress in prostate cancer
- Distress screening, misconceptions and barriers
- Developing and strengthening capacity in distress screening
- Supportive approaches to address distress screening results
Module 3 – Living well with uncertainty in advanced life-limiting disease
- Evidence-based approaches to managing uncertainty
- Behaviour change for survivorship planning
- Tailoring approaches to the needs of people with advanced conditions and their carers
- Professional reflections on tolerating and managing uncertainty
Assessment task 1: Recorded Narrated Presentation
Students will develop an in-depth understanding of the many impacts of living with an advanced progressive disease.
Max 5 slides + Max 10 minutes narration
Assessment task 2: Recognising and communicating about distress
Students will build on Assessment 1 and apply new assessment skills to address distress as well as using the distress thermometer as screening tool.
Max 20 minute role play per patient; written component Max 500 words
Assessment task 3: Applying principles of survivorship in palliative care
Students will continue to build on the case study from Assessments 1 and 2. Students will gain skills in using a person-centred approach to tailor a survivorship plan for a palliative care patient.
Max. 1500 words
Assessment task 4: In-service presentation of survivorship plan in palliative care
Following on from Assessment 3, this assessment contributes to student learning by demonstrating capacity to synthesise information and present it as an educational session directed at other health professionals.
Max 5 slides; max. 6 mins
Assessment task 5: Student contribution and engagement
Preparation and meaningful engagement with a variety of resources is essential to collaboration and teamwork, skills that are critical to the role of a palliative care clinician. The intent of this assessment is to emphasise and encourage students’ contribution to team work via engagement with the online modules and Zoom meetings.
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