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Using case studies to think about self management of long term conditions

Each of the following is a hypothetical, ‘composite’ person, created by students on our course.

  • Alan is a 43 year old man, living with HIV for past three years.
  • Adam is an 18 year old single man who has had type 1 diabetes since the age of 11.
  • Stella is a 47 year old estate agent, diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis 5 months ago.
  • Geoffrey is a 63 year old widower who recently had a stroke.
  • Nadia is a 45 year old South Asian woman who is morbidly obese and has developed type 2 diabetes.

On our long term conditions module students create a case study in which they:

  • Describe a person living with a long term health condition
  • Summarise the psychosocial difficulties the person is likely to  experience (reference to the published literature on patient experience is crucial here)
  • Choose and describe an established self management support programme (which should be matched to the person’s needs)
  • Evaluate the research evidence showing whether or not this programme has been beneficial for similar patients with similar needs.

Students get to choose the person and the condition. The condition can be one that is covered in a scheduled class (this year these have included asthma, diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, cancer and dementia) OR any long term condition of students’ choice.

Students have just submitted their case studies for assessment and can expect their marks and feedback within ten working days.  Looking forward to reading them…


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