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PHCY522 Applied Clinical Pharmacy 1

Medication in the treatment of diseases including cardiovascular and respiratory disorders, diabetes, and rheumatological, gastrointestinal, renal, and hepatic disorders.

Other health professionals - and patients - have access to extensive information on health issues, including medicines, via the Internet and social media. This means that it is very important that you have a depth of understanding of pharmacotherapy so that you can be knowledgeable navigators for other health professionals and patients and deal with the complexity of multiple co-morbidities and multiple medicines. Your unique input into improving health outcomes is your depth of knowledge and understanding, which enables you to optimise medicines therapy and so reduce drug-related morbidity and mortality, particularly when managing complex patients when there is no clear guideline-driven therapy. This paper helps pharmacists to become active participants in the health care team, contributing to optimising medicines-related health outcomes through clear assessment, clinical reasoning and the ability to justify clinical decisions, and being recognised as having specialised knowledge to make a unique contribution.

Paper title Applied Clinical Pharmacy 1
Paper code PHCY522
Subject Pharmacy
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (1 February 2019 - 19 June 2019)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,801.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $9,869.50

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PHCX 525, PHCY 525, PHCX 522
Limited to
MHealSc, PGDipClinPharm, PGDipHealSc
This paper is targeted at people who wish to spend the majority of their time involved in clinical pharmacy duties and applying these skills to patients, working closely with medical practitioners.
Teaching staff
Paper Co-ordinator and Contracted Consultant Pharmacist: Dr Linda Bryant
Paper Structure
This paper involves the preparation of patient-centric care plans and pharmacist plans of care, including information gathering, patient assessment, evaluation of all aspects of pharmacotherapy, care planning, communication and follow up.
Teaching Arrangements
One compulsory 2-day weekend workshop in February and five 2-hour evening videoconferences.
Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
  • Gain a solid understanding of the pathophysiologic basis of common diseases and disorders
  • Discuss, in depth, the pharmacological basis of current therapeutics
  • Highlight and evaluate areas of therapeutic controversy and new drug developments
  • Become fluent and confident in the use of clinical terminology
  • Be able to quantify likely adverse effects and interactions in terms of the relevance to an individual
  • Apply pharmacotherapy knowledge and problem-solving skills to improve the medication management of an individual's medicines, accounting for all factors influencing the person's medicines use
  • Be able to use clinical reasoning to make and justify clinical decisions
  • Communicate clear and concise therapeutic information in both oral and written form

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1st Non standard period (1 February 2019 - 19 June 2019)

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