Study the impact of acute and chronic illnesses across both physical and mental conditions. Consider how they impact the patient and their family. Cover quality of life - including sexuality, body image, fatigue, spirituality and more.
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01 Jun 2020
30 Nov 2020
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In this subject, students will consider the impact of acute and chronic illness states (including physical and mental illness) on the patient and their family. Aspects of quality of life affected will be considered, including sexuality, body image, fatigue, existential crisis, social and intimate relationships, physical reactions and spirituality. The impact of formal and informal systems of social support on illness and outcomes will be explored. The subject will incorporate evaluation of research methods used in such studies together with the application of health psychology theory and a critical examination of research findings. Relationships between health cognition, health behaviour and psychological adjustment will be an important theme, as will be a consideration of interventions to improve patient well being. Broad social, cultural, and political aspects of disability and acute and chronic disease will also be examined. The impact on and needs of carers and family members will also be considered in this subject of study.
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