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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Patient-Centred Care
    Subject Pharmacy
    EFTS 0.25
    Points 30 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024, expected to be offered in 2025 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $3,103.25
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    PHCY 542, PHCX 542
    Limited to
    PGCertPharm, PGDipClinPharm

    Teaching staff

    Dr Mudassir Anwar

    Dr Susan Heydon

    Associate Professor Dan Wright

    Tara Wheeler (Professional Practice Fellow )

    Paper Structure

    The paper consists of two structured modules:

    • In the first module, students will focus on concepts related to social aspects of patient care, as well as the science and art of communicating with patients and other healthcare professionals.
    • 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.
    Teaching Arrangements

    One compulsory 2-day weekend workshop (dates and location TBA) and six 2-hour video conferences throughout the duration of the paper.


    Textbooks are not required for this paper.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    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


    Not offered in 2024, expected to be offered in 2025

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