Decision Making in HealthcareModule Details
Course Title: Decision Making in Healthcare
Course Code: UU-HCM-2070-UG
Good decisions underpin good health services at every level. The key message of this module is that decision-making can be improved, by effective use of data and modelling, an understanding of both rational and non-rational approaches and by the development of ethical judgement.
The main objectives of the course are:
- To enable students to analyse complex decisions from a number of perspectives, to appraise evidence and to evaluate underpinning organisational, social and technological processes
- To explore deconstructing and critiquing specific decisions influencing health services by using real life reports and inquiries
- To draw on contemporary issues and challenges facing health care as reported in the media, enacted through policy guidance and through accounts of experiences.
Course/Module Learning Outcomes:
After completion of the course students are expected to be able:
- To deconstruct a complex decision using theoretical models, from problem analysis through to implementation and evaluation
- To identify key influences and descriptors including personal and human factors; technology; laws, guidelines and processes; values, ethics and culture
- To explain the importance of judgement in decision-making and outcomes, identifying critical points of commitment, closure/action and opportunities for intervention
- To debate the role of partnership and collaborative decision-making - with people using services, commissioning or providing - in health care, establishing the case for inclusive approaches in a given area specialism or region.
Prerequisites Categories: Year 1, Year 2
Typical Module duration: 4.0 Week(s)