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PHCY511 Patient-Centred Care

Fundamental skills and knowledge for a patient-centred approach to care, including understanding and managing variability in drug response between people, goal setting, clinical reasoning and decision making, designing and communicating a patient-centred treatment plan.

Paper title Patient-Centred Care
Paper code PHCY511
Subject Pharmacy
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (1 July 2019 - 25 October 2019)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,801.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $9,869.50

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PHCY 542, PHCX 542
Limited to
Limited to: PGCertPharm, PGDipClinPharm

Teaching staff

Associate Professor Kyle Wilby
Senior Lecturer Susan Heydon
Senior Lecturer Dan Wright


Textbooks are not required for this paper

Teaching Arrangements

One compulsory 2-day weekend workshop in Dunedin (Aug 3-4) and six 2-hour video conferences (7-9pm July 10 – Sept 18)

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this paper, students will be able to:

  1. Predict and mitigate altered drug response between people to prevent drug-related harm
  2. Understand the time course of drug effects, including the monitoring of drug response using laboratory values and biomarkers
  3. Identify, prioritise, and research clinical and drug-related problems
  4. Develop an independent, reflective, and patient-centred approach to clinical reasoning and clinical decision-making that aligns with the patient’s goals and medical goals for treatment
  5. Demonstrate effective communication with patients and health-care colleagues, both orally and in writing
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Paper Structure

The paper consists of two structured modules:

  • In the first module students will focus on core knowledge required for medicines optimisation around understanding and predicting variability in drug response between people.
  • The second module (‘patient-centred care in practice’) provides a ‘capstone’ for the entire certificate. Here the term ‘capstone’ refers to a module that encompasses the knowledge and skills covered in the previous 3 modules and brings them together in a practical, patient-centred, teaching and learning environment.

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1st Non standard period (1 July 2019 - 25 October 2019)

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system