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Using Laboratory Investigations in Advanced Clinical Decision Making

10 credits at Level 7

Module leader: Dr Sarah Ashelford


This module will facilitate knowledge and understanding of routine laboratory tests, when to order them for patients and how to interpret the results with reference to the individual patient.

The aim of this module is to extend existing understanding and knowledge of the purpose and limitations of laboratory tests. You will develop an understanding of the commonly used laboratory investigations in order to decide when (and when not to) order laboratory tests for patients and be able to understand the results and implications for the patient. You will explore how to integrate test results into the plan of care, including an understanding of the ethical and social implications of ordering tests and how to communicate test results to patients.

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You should normally be a graduate with a degree or recent evidence of study at Level 6. You also need to have three years clinical experience.

Credits and Cost

Qualification awarded

If you successfully complete this course you will be awarded 10 credit points by the University of York, at Level 7. 


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