This module aims to help students explore their practice and establish the efficacy of treatments and therapeutic interventions, prescribed for and delivered to their patients/clients. It seeks to explore the interpretation of empirical data in the context the nurse - patient/client relationship. During this module students will appraise the suitability of therapeutic interventions delivered by the multi-professional team in comparison to the evidence base and current practice guidelines. Students will draw on their Empirical Way of Knowing (Carper 1978) alongside knowledge gained in related modules, to gain insight into therapeutic interventions adopted for patients/clients within their field of practice.
Module learning outcomes
At the end of the module, students will be able to:
Construct focussed clinical questions to address uncertainties in relation to therapeutic interventions in practice.
Appraise the nature of empirical evidence and its role in addressing uncertainties and providing rationale for therapeutic interventions in practice.
Identify strategies to involve patients/clients in own care.
Differentiate the factors that may arise in developing a partnership with the patient/client in resolving uncertainties about therapeutic interventions in practice.
Propose a resolution to identified uncertainties and account for factors in practice that may lead to continuing uncertainty.
Written feedback for summative assessment is provided on the standard proforma, within the timescale specified in the programme handbook.
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