This module will provide healthcare professionals with the knowledge, skills and key interventions that will enable them to engage in a collaborative, structured and practical way with clients, enabling them to self-manage their chronic diseases more effectively.

The focus is on improving clients’ adherence to treatment regimes by using evidence-based approaches underpinned by theoretical concepts. These will include motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioural therapy and concordance skills approaches that are an integral part of the empowerment process.

Effective, client-centered interventions to facilitate informed choice and optimal adherence are key themes in the module.

Learning Outcomes 
On completion of this module healthcare professionals will be able to:
• Describe and explain factors that influence clients’ adherence to treatment regimes 
• Analyse the problem of non-adherence and how it impacts on therapeutic outcomes for clients with chronic diseases
• Explore present approaches to disease management in the context of client empowerment
• Critically evaluate the evidence-base that supports a client-centred approach to disease management 
• Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with clients, emphasising personal choice and responsibility in line with best practice 
• Apply a client-centred approach in clinical practice

Module Overview 
The module is comprised of four units: 
Unit 1: Our Patients Can Do Better!
Unit 2: Motivational Interviewing 
Unit 3: Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) 
Unit 4: Concordance Skills

Each unit begins by outlining the focus of the unit, and works step-by-step through what you need to do, read etc. The module runs over 10 weeks. Units 1 and 4 are allocated three weeks each. Units 2 and 3 will take two weeks each to complete. The module also requires the student to attend class for two-day workshops.

Module Team  
The module team includes: Fionnuala Jordan and Siobhan Smyth.

Target Market
This module is relevant to all healthcare professionals working in the area of chronic disease management. Previous students who have undertaken the module have worked in the areas of: Mental Health, Gerontology, Practice Nursing, Learning Disability, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Nurse Prescribing, Diabetes, Cardiology and Oncology.

For further details contact:

Mari Moran (Mornings: Wednesday - Friday)

School of Nursing & Midwifery 
NUI Galway