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This course builds upon undergraduate study and the knowledge embedded in practice. The course will explore complex adult and child disease processes in order to support advanced diagnostic reasoning and therapeutic interventions for these client groups. This course assumes knowledge of normal physiological function and directs the student towards a progressive and more critical understanding of altered, complex health states.

Learning outcomes

Critically evaluate own understanding of pathophysiological processes and identify particular learning needs required to support individual practice.

Demonstrate knowledge of pathophysiological processes which complement and inform advanced practice.

Critically reflect upon the pathophysiological pathways that underpin the practitioner's diagnostic reasoning for clients with complex illness.

Critically reflect upon the rapid advances in scientific knowledge, for example, areas of genetic therapy, and consider their implications for future diagnostic reasoning.

Analyse the relationship between normal physiology and pathological variances.

Interpret physiological responses to illness and treatment interventions.