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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Adult Chronic Disease Management Specialist 1
Module Code NS5130
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Hazel Ní Chonchubhair
Semester 2: Hazel Ní Chonchubhair
Autumn: Hazel Ní Chonchubhair
Module TeachersPamela Hussey
Kate Irving
Hazel Ní Chonchubhair
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Pathway. The module will provide the student with a detailed understanding of the theories and concepts underpinning practice relating to chronic disease management, including epidemiology, policy perspectives, research methodologies, and empirical findings, and legal and moral issues related to care for the individual with chronic disease management.

Learning Outcomes

1. The student will develop a detailed understanding of the theory, concepts and practice pertaining to chronic disease management, including familiarity with the core components of the field of CDM, the associated major theoretical perspectives, epidemiology, policy perspectives, research methodologies, and empirical findings to underpin practice interventions.Analyse the epidemiological trends and risk factors for chronic disease in the Irish population in the context of population ageing.
2. The student will appraise and interpret a detailed understanding and application of the principles of chronic disease management for individuals with chronic disease, comorbidity and multi morbidity, and those related clinical care groups in the context of the Irish health services. Discuss and define concepts related to chronic disease prevention and management, including person-centred care, empowerment, health literacy, and self-management support.
3. The student will be able to argue and explain the trajectory of the life course of chronic disease, self-management support, Patient Related Outcomes (PRO), and define health and wellbeing and illness in the context of chronic disease management. Examine theoretical and socio-cultural perspectives on chronic disease, including the disease model, behavioural models, disability perspectives, and human experiences, and evaluate their implications for clinical practice.
4. An ability in solving problems and adopt challenge based learning to demonstrate the specific disease processes related to non-communicable diseases such as CVD ,Respiratory Disease, Stroke and Diabetes and those factors influencing specific diseases in CDM such as culture ethics and legally complex situations. Critically appraise Irish and international social and health policies as they relate to chronic disease prevention and management.
5. The student will report on an ability to critically appraise the professional responses required for the emerging adult through to the older person. identify appropriate applications of disease management in solving problems, and distinguish between the biopsychosocial and biomedical models of care focusing on: living with chronic illness, the pursuit of healthy living, ill - health behaviours, reduced cognitive ability, assessment and diagnostics, context specific interventions and their empirical evaluations. Critically discuss the impact of chronic disease on the individual, the family, on caregivers, and on society.
6. The student will plan and design the use of various modes of delivery in the assessment, diagnosis and intervention for people with CDM. Adopting a patient centric approach and a range of behavioural and communication skills. Including access to, and synthesis of the evidence, peer to peer learning, targeting self-management support programmes to advance behavioural modification, working as part of a MDT, evaluate the appropriateness of conclusions derived from health research. Demonstrate understanding of nursing roles within integrated models of care for people living with chronic disease.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Independent Study75Self Directed Study: 75 hours
Professional Practice125Clinical practicum: 125 hours
Seminars14Clinical Practice Preceptors: 14
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Empirical Research to support interventions relating to
● Continuity of care ● Integrated Patient Centred Care Delivery ● Living with a Chronic Disease

Principles of CDM and how they relate to Non Communicable Disease Groups
● CVD, ● Respiratory Disease ● Stroke and Diabetes ● Obesity ● Reduced Cognitive Ability

Case Study critical factors influencing CDM Self Management Support
● Co-morbidity and Multi-morbidity ● Trajectory and life course of Chronic Disease and Symptom Management ● Biography SMS Education and PRO’s

Culture and Professional Practice for Sustainable Transformation
● Clinical Practice Model ● Interprofessional Collaboration ● Peer to peer learning ● Challenge based learning

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Kathy Charmaz: 1991, Good Days, Bad Days, Rutgers University Press, 9780813519678
  • McEvoy: 2014, Chronic Disease Management A New Paradigm, 1st, PMC Radcliffe, London, 978-190891156
  • Moran K Burson R Conrad D: 2020, The Doctor of Nursing Practice Project A Framework for Success, 3rd Edition, Jones Bartlett, New York, 978128415696
  • Susan B. Bastable,Deborah Sopczyk, Pamela Gramet, Karen Jacobs: 2020, Health Professional As Educator: Principles Of Teaching And Learning Paperback Susan B. Bastable, Deborah Sopczyk, Pamela Gramet, Karen Jacobs 2nd Ed(2020, 2nd edition, Jones and Bartlett Publications, New York, 978-128415520
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
GDNFHGrad Dip in Sepcialist Nursing Futures
MSNMSc in Specialist Nursing

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