Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Patient Empowerment: Supporting decisions relating to new diagnoses MED5462

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course reflects on evidence and experience to explore the psychological and social impact of a diagnosis, or illness, and provides strategies to support resilience and coping in patients. Factors related to lived experience, personal beliefs and values, culture, adjustment processes, decision-making, misconceptions, secrecy and guilt are considered to equip participants in the promotion of patient-centred care.


This course is made up of lectures and seminars.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Essay - 2000 words (80%)

Peer Review Set Exercise (20%)

Course Aims

This course aims to offer students an opportunity to ascertain, through appraisal of current evidence; the psychological and social needs of a individual, and those close to them, when faced with medical testing decisions or a new diagnosis. Students are encouraged to apply the psychosocial perspective to determine factors that contribute to adjustment and decision-making in these circumstances. Effective communication approaches are explored and consideration given to how these can inform and shape clinical interactions.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Critically evaluate evidence relating to factors that influence the processes of adjustment and decision-making.

■ Critically review communication approaches and apply these to patient centred care.

■ Assess the strengths and weaknesses of a range of psychosocial support options for individuals and those closest to them.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.