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CHS8003 : Prescribing in Older People (E-learning) (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Catherine Dotchin
  • Lecturer: Dr Louise Southern, Mrs Alison Clapp
  • Owning School: FMS Graduate School
  • Teaching Location: Off Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


• To provide an evidence based knowledge about the use of medicines in older people
• To inform students about the safe and effective use of medicines in this group
• To inform students about the planning and prioritisation of medicines for older patients
• To inform students about the management of common conditions in older people, specifically stroke,Parkinson’s disease, dementia, urinary incontinence and urinary outflow obstruction, falls and syncope
• To inform students of the common conditions that can arise in older people as a result of medications
• To inform students about end-of-life care

Outline Of Syllabus

• Demographics and challenges of prescribing in older people
• Medicines use by older people
• Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in older people
• Drugs causing particular problems in older people
• Adverse drug reactions and inappropriate treatments in older people
• Concordance
• Stroke: epidemiology, pathophysiology and treatments
• Dementia: epidemiology, pathology, disease modification, symptomatic treatment, prevention, assessment of response and on-going research
• Parkinson’s disease: pathophysiology, management including management of associated symptoms and current issues
• Falls and syncope: epidemiology, intrinsic causes of falls and their relationship with medications; epidemiology, evaluation and treatment of syncope
• Management of urological conditions (overactive bladder syndrome, LUTS due to benign prostatic enlargement, prostate cancer
• Management of patients during end-of-life care

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion320:0060:00Student research to further apply course content to assessments
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading106:0060:00Online content and library materials
Guided Independent StudySkills practice12:002:00Application of knowledge to case studies online
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity102:0020:00eJournal/reflective blog
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity42:008:00Peer review via discussion board
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study103:0030:00Supplemental reading
Guided Independent StudyOnline Discussion102:0020:00Discussion board
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

All activities relate directly to the learning outcomes above as follows:
Directed research and reading using the online content and library materials leads to all the knowledge outcomes.
Applying knowledge to case studies as skills practise leads to all the skills outcomes.
The reflective learning activities map to the analysis of challenges to safe and effective prescribing practice in older people as well as to identification of barriers to effective drug treatment in older people and designing potential solutions.
Peer review, discussion board activity and supplemental reading map to all of the knowledge and skills outcomes.
The skills outcomes are obtained by practical case based clinical problem solving exercises.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study1M351500 words - using case studies students will report on their design of solutions for treatment (feeds forward onto essay)
Case study1M351500 words - medication review from case studies used in report
Oral Examination1M30Submission of recorded presentation with follow up Q&A's - 10 minutes
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
PC Examination1MMultiple choice questions. Self-assessment with feedback.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The presentation tests student skills in critiquing articles on topic as well as subject knowledge.
The case studies test the students’ ability to analyse and synthesise information relating to prescribing in older people.
The multiple choice questions allow students to monitor their understanding against the learning outcomes.

Reading Lists